- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for exempted
He told me, apparently incorrectly, that aid to Israel would be exempted from sequester, so "you should be happy."Why Sympathy For Israel Is A Useful Metric
Jonathan S. Mark
April 8, 2013
In January, Obama announced a three-year freeze on discretionary spending, but exempted defense altogether.What Iraq Costs Us
March 8, 2010
If other nations purchasing American arms could find pen and ink to sign, why should India be exempted?How Hillary Won Over India
July 27, 2009
Our relation was not exempted from the failings of young men.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Fire flashed from his myopic eyes, which had exempted him from service with the army.The Downfall
A homestead to the value of $1,000 is exempted to "the head of the family."
The homestead, to the value of $2,000, is exempted for the wife.
A homestead to the value of $1,500 is exempted for the survivor and minor children.
- (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 exempted
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.