Definition of exemption in English:



  • [mass noun] The action of freeing or state of being free from an obligation or liability imposed on others.

    ‘vehicles that may qualify for exemption from tax’
    • ‘The most important of these was exemption from the Grand Coutume, the export tax imposed on ships sailing from Bordeaux.’
    • ‘In my judgment, the rule is that exemption from the rigors of war is in the control of the Executive.’
    • ‘If they get exemption from rent control law, their income would increase several times.’
    • ‘Can we justify this exemption from standards by saying that it leads to a larger good?’
    • ‘The industry's block exemption from normal competition rules expires in September 2002.’
    • ‘Routinely, the request for exemption from the law is rubber-stamped and the ad goes ahead.’
    • ‘Benefits that would be denied include exemption from a requirement to have a separate work visa.’
    • ‘I propose to grant full exemption from tax to the income of this Trust.’
    • ‘It would probably have led on to granting Catholics exemption from tithes and the authority of Anglican courts.’
    • ‘They cannot claim income tax exemption from the money they earn from doing live concerts.’
    • ‘Its enthusiastic reception earned Rossini exemption from military service.’
    • ‘The maximum period of exemption from paying the minimum wage is one year and the minimum is three months.’
    • ‘I also grant him exemption from the two-year practical experience requirement.’
    • ‘Noble, bourgeois, and peasant alike associated status with exemption from public demands.’
    • ‘Woodland enjoys several tax breaks, including exemption from inheritance tax after two years.’
    • ‘The exemption from capital gains tax only came into play if shares held in PEPs actually went up in value.’
    • ‘There is no special exemption from English law for health professionals.’
    • ‘No continent, to our great shame, can claim exemption from such brutalities.’
    • ‘That's not to mention its exemption from the London congestion charge and road tax.’
    • ‘There are good reasons why thousands of companies will seek exemption from having an audit from July onwards.’
    immunity, exception, dispensation, indemnity, exclusion, freedom, release, relief, absolution, exoneration
    special treatment, privilege, favouritism
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin exemptio(n-), from eximere take out, free.