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 Dictionary entry overview: What does exemption mean? 

  The noun EXEMPTION has 3 senses:

1. immunity from an obligation or duty
2. a deduction allowed to a taxpayer because of his status (having certain dependents or being blind or being over 65 etc.)
3. an act exempting someone

  Familiarity information: EXEMPTION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Immunity from an obligation or duty

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


exemption; freedom

Hypernyms ("exemption" is a kind of...):

immunity; unsusceptibility (the state of not being susceptible)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "exemption"):

amnesty (a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment)

diplomatic immunity (exemption from taxation or normal processes of law that is offered to diplomatic personnel in a foreign country)

indemnity (legal exemption from liability for damages)

impunity (exemption from punishment or loss)

grandfather clause (an exemption based on circumstances existing prior to the adoption of some policy; used to enfranchise illiterate whites in south after the American Civil War)

Sense 2exemption [BACK TO TOP]


A deduction allowed to a taxpayer because of his status (having certain dependents or being blind or being over 65 etc.)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Context example:

additional exemptions are allowed for each dependent

Hypernyms ("exemption" is a kind of...):

deduction; tax deduction; tax write-off (a reduction in the gross amount on which a tax is calculated; reduces taxes by the percentage fixed for the taxpayer's income bracket)

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An act exempting someone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


granting immunity; exemption; immunity

Context example:

he was granted immunity from prosecution

Hypernyms ("exemption" is a kind of...):

discharge; release; waiver (a formal written statement of relinquishment)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "exemption"):

fix (an exemption granted after influence (e.g., money) is brought to bear)

official immunity (personal immunity accorded to a public official from liability to anyone injured by actions that are the consequence of exerting official authority)

sovereign immunity (an exemption that precludes bringing a suit against the sovereign government without the government's consent)

testimonial immunity; use immunity (an exemption that displaces the privilege against self-incrimination; neither compelled testimony or any fruits of it can be used against the witness who therefore can no longer fear self-incrimination)

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