- to free from an obligation or liability to which others are subject; release: to exempt a student from an examination.
- released from, or not subject to, an obligation, liability, etc.: organizations exempt from taxes.
- a person who is exempt from an obligation, duty, etc.
- (in Britain) exon.
Origin of exempt
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Examples from the Web for exempt
Surely, Hollywood should not be exempt from such a standard.It’s Not Just Cosby: Hollywood’s Long List of Male Scumbags
November 19, 2014
Individuals and businesses could exempt themselves from anti-discrimination laws by proffering religious objections to them.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’
November 16, 2014
A handful of Christians have even joined the Israeli military, although Arabs of any confession are exempt from military service.Israelis and Arabs Shaken by the Aftershock of Teen Murders
July 7, 2014
In short, the United States is having a bit of an existential crisis, and no one, not even Hollywood, has been exempt.Welcome to Snowpiercer’s Apocalypse
June 29, 2014
Homeschoolers would likely be exempt, then, but we do need to abolish the Classics Major.St. Hippolytus’ Careers Christians Should Never Have
May 4, 2014
But its prisoners were not exempt from its heat, like certain holy ones of old.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
From evil—physical, moral, and political—it is not our claim to be exempt.
Now, why should the rich man be exempt from a similar investigation?'A Woman Intervenes
To the west, the Fork, the lands are pretty flat, but exempt from inundations.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
He would not have been at the exempt, but the sight of the other depressed him.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
- (tr) to release from an obligation, liability, tax, etc; excuseto exempt a soldier from drill
- freed from or not subject to an obligation, liability, tax, etc; excusedexempt gilts; tax-exempt bonus
- obsolete set apart; remote
- a person who is exempt from an obligation, tax, etc
Word Origin and History for exempt
late 14c., from Old French exempt (13c.) and directly from Latin exemptus, past participle of eximere "remove, take out, take away; free, release, deliver, make an exception of," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + emere "buy," originally "take," from PIE root *em- "to take, distribute" (cf. Latin sumere "to take, obtain, buy," Old Church Slavonic imo "to take," Lithuanian imui, Sanskrit yamati "holds, subdues"). For sense shift from "take" to "buy," compare Old English sellan "to give," source of Modern English sell "to give in exchange for money;" Hebrew laqah "he bought," originally "he took;" and colloquial English I'll take it for "I'll buy it."
mid-15c., from Middle French exempter, from exempt (adj.); see exempt (adj.). Related: Exempted; exempting.