exempt

If your accountant tells you that you’re exempt from taxes this year, give him a big hug. He is saying that you don’t have to pay taxes.

The adjective exempt traces back to the Latin word exemptus, meaning “to remove or take out” or “to free”. So if you are exempt, you are free of an obligation that others have to fulfill, such as paying taxes. But you can also be exempt from having to obey certain rules, like seniors being exempt from having to sell candy bars for a school fundraiser.

Definitions of exempt
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adj (of persons) freed from or not subject to an obligation or liability (as e.g. taxes) to which others or other things are subject

“a beauty somehow exempt from the aging process”
exempt from jury duty”
“only the very poorest citizens should be exempt from income taxes”
Synonyms:
excused
granted exemption
immune
secure against
privileged
not subject to usual rules or penalties
Antonyms:
nonexempt
(of persons) not exempt from an obligation or liability
liable
subject to legal action
taxpaying
not exempt from paying taxes
unexcused
not excused
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adj (of goods or funds) not subject to taxation

“income exempt from taxation”
Synonyms:
nontaxable
duty-free
exempt from duty
tax-exempt, tax-free, untaxed
(of goods or funds) not taxed
unratable
not subject to locally assessed property taxes
Antonyms:
nonexempt, taxable
(of goods or funds) subject to taxation
nonexempt
(of persons) not exempt from an obligation or liability
assessable
capable of being assessed especially for the purpose of taxation
dutiable
subject to import tax
ratable, rateable
liable to payment of locally assessed property taxes
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v grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

“She exempted me from the exam”
Synonyms:
free, relieve
Antonyms:
apply, enforce, implement
ensure observance of laws and rules
Types:
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derestrict
make free from restrictions
deregulate
lift the regulations on
dispense
grant a dispensation; grant an exemption
forgive
absolve from payment
spare
save or relieve from an experience or action

v grant exemption or release to

Synonyms:
excuse, let off, relieve
Types:
frank
exempt by means of an official pass or letter, as from customs or other checks
Type of:
absolve, free, justify
let off the hook

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