immune

adjective

im·​mune i-ˈmyün How to pronounce immune (audio)
1
: not susceptible or responsive
immune to all pleas
especially : having a high degree of resistance to a disease
immune to diphtheria
2
a
: produced by, involved in, or concerned with immunity or an immune response
immune agglutinins
immune globulins
b
: having or producing antibodies or lymphocytes capable of reacting with a specific antigen
an immune serum
3
a
: marked by protection
some criminal leaders are immune from arrest
b
: free, exempt
immune from further taxation
immune noun

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it 'immune to' or 'immune from'?

In most cases, if you are immune to something, it has no effect on you—for example, you might be immune to a disease or to criticism. If you are immune from something, it cannot reach you—for example, you might be immune from prosecution in a plea bargain.

What is the immune system?

The immune system is what protects your body from diseases and infections. It's the bodily system that produces the immune response to defend your body from foreign substances, cells, and tissues. The immune system includes various parts of the body including the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, special deposits of lymphoid tissue (such as those in the gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow), macrophages, lymphocytes including the B cells and T cells, and antibodies.

What is herd immunity?

The term herd immunity refers to a reduction in the likelihood of someone catching a specific infectious disease because a significant proportion of the people in that person's community are immune to it. If you are less likely to come in contact with an infectious person, you're less likely to get infected yourself. The people in a community can be immune to a particular disease especially through previous exposure or vaccination.

Examples of immune in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sports rights valuations may not be entirely immune to the ravages of the Nielsen dial, but it should be noted that the subject of ratings almost never comes up during negotiations between the networks and the leagues. Anthony Crupi, Sportico.com, 5 July 2024 Absolutely immune activity is entirely off limits in criminal cases; presidents cannot be prosecuted for them and they cannot be used as evidence in criminal proceedings, according to the Supreme Court. Ashley Oliver, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 4 July 2024 Even fancy office buildings are not immune to energy costs. Adam Clark Estes, Vox, 3 July 2024 Investigators found long-lasting immune activation months and even years after infection. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for immune 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin immunis, from in- + munia services, obligations; akin to Latin munus service — more at mean

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

Time Traveler
The first known use of immune was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Immune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immune. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

immune

adjective
im·​mune im-ˈyün How to pronounce immune (audio)
1
: exempt entry 1
immune from punishment
2
a
: not influenced by something
immune to persuasion
b
: having a high degree of resistance to an illness or disease
3
: containing or producing antibodies

Medical Definition

immune

1 of 2 adjective
im·​mune im-ˈyün How to pronounce immune (audio)
1
: not susceptible or responsive
especially : having a high degree of resistance to a disease
immune to diphtheria
2
a
: having or producing antibodies or lymphocytes capable of reacting with a specific antigen
an immune serum
b
: produced by, involved in, or concerned with immunity or an immune response
immune agglutinins

immune

2 of 2 noun
: an immune individual

Legal Definition

immune

adjective
im·​mune i-ˈmyün How to pronounce immune (audio)
: having immunity : exempt
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