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
  1. adjective
    (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
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    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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  2. adjective
    (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
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    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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  3. verb
    grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
    “She exempted me from the exam”
    synonyms: free, relieve
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    Antonyms:
    apply, enforce, implement
    ensure observance of laws and rules
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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
  4. verb
    grant exemption or release to
    synonyms: excuse, let off, relieve
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    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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