exemption

noun
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 Writing an exemption in the rules, however, could have sweeping implications for the way FDA both regulates drugs and supplements. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "As FDA toils over how to regulate CBD, frustration builds on all sides," 22 Nov. 2019 The university declined to provide the researcher’s name, citing an exemption in public records that allows OHSU to withhold the names of scientists involved in some animal research. oregonlive, "OHSU animal lab halts research after feds find infected ferret, other problems," 19 Nov. 2019 The Connecticut Supreme Court had earlier ruled 4-3 that the lawsuit could proceed for now, citing an exemption in the federal law. CBS News, "Relatives of Sandy Hook shooting victims can sue gun maker, Supreme Court rules," 12 Nov. 2019 The Connecticut Supreme Court had earlier ruled 4-3 that the lawsuit could proceed for now, citing an exemption in the federal law. Mark Sherman, Fortune, "Supreme Court Allows Sandy Hook Shooting Lawsuit Against Remington to Move Forward," 12 Nov. 2019 The Connecticut Supreme Court had earlier ruled 4-3 that the lawsuit could proceed for now, citing an exemption in the federal law. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, "US Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook families to sue maker of gun used in massacre," 12 Nov. 2019 The Connecticut Supreme Court had earlier ruled 4-3 that the lawsuit could proceed for now, citing an exemption in the federal law. Washington Post, "Supreme Court lets Sandy Hook shooting lawsuit go forward," 12 Nov. 2019 The Connecticut Supreme Court had earlier ruled 4-3 that the lawsuit could proceed for now, citing an exemption in the federal law. Dave Collins, The Denver Post, "Supreme Court allows Sandy Hook shooting victims to sue Remington Arms," 12 Nov. 2019 Mexico and Canada got an exemption in May 2019, amid negotiations over a U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement that would supersede NAFTA. al, "Demand for steel driving big year for state docks," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of exemption

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exemption was in the 14th century

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30 Nov 2019

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“Exemption.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exemption. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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exemption

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English Language Learners Definition of exemption

: freedom from being required to do something that others are required to do
: a source or amount of income that is not taxed

exemption

noun
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

exemption

noun
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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