ex·​emp·​tion | \ ig-ˈzem(p)-shən How to pronounce exemption (audio) \

Definition of exemption

1 : the act of exempting or state of being exempt : immunity
2 : one that exempts or is exempted especially : a source or amount of income exempted from taxation

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Examples of exemption in a Sentence

They were granted exemptions from military service. You can claim a tax exemption for each of your dependents.
Recent Examples on the Web The Bidens are among the few leaders getting a special exemption to the rules. Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2022 The agreement also loosens the industry’s attendance requirements, allowing for a more expansive sick leave and medical exemption policies. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2022 The next year, Colorado granted a similar exemption. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 12 Sep. 2022 Jillian's playing at Kenwood this week as a sponsor's exemption. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 11 Sep. 2022 Multnomah County issued a mandatory wood burning restriction beginning Saturday at noon, barring residents from burning wood without a county exemption. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2022 This affects a small percentage of staff with a vaccine exemption. Jessica Van Egeren, Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2022 The tax exemption was first reported by the Miami Herald. Graham Kates, CBS News, 6 Sep. 2022 Da Silva said the school denied her daughter's medical exemption during the last school year despite having a doctor's approval. Taylor Penley, Fox News, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of exemption

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Exemption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exemption. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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ex·​emp·​tion | \ ig-ˈzemp-shən How to pronounce exemption (audio) \

Kids Definition of exemption

: freedom from having to do something that other people are required to do


ex·​emp·​tion | \ ig-ˈzemp-shən How to pronounce exemption (audio) \

Legal Definition of exemption

1 : the act of exempting or state of being exempt
2 : one that exempts or is exempted: as
a : an amount of income exempted from taxation that may be deducted from adjusted gross income under the tax laws — see also Internal Revenue Code — compare deduction, exclusion, tax credit
dependency exemption \ də-​ˈpen-​dən-​sē-​ \
: an exemption that is allowed for each dependent who qualifies under the tax laws (as sections 151 and 152 of the Internal Revenue Code)

Note: Under the federal income tax laws, the dependency exemption is allowed for each dependent whose gross income is less than the exemption or who is a child of the taxpayer and is under 19 or a student under 24.

personal exemption
: an exemption that is allowed for the taxpayer or for the taxpayer and spouse if filing a joint return
b : the right created by federal and state laws to exempt specified types of property from a bankruptcy estate precludes the debtor from using the exemptions in the Bankruptcy Code also : a type of property that may be claimed as exempt — see also Bankruptcy Code

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