exempt from (something)

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exempt from (something)

1. verb To allow or permit oneself or someone to not do something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "exempt" and "from." It's very convenient that the mayor exempts his relatives from these taxes, while the rest of us have to pay.
2. adjective Allowed or permitted to not do something. It's very convenient that the mayor's relatives are exempt from these taxes, while the rest of us have to pay.
See also: exempt

exempt someone from something

to release someone from the obligation to do something; to allow a person not to be affected by a rule or law. I cannot exempt anyone from this rule. The members of Congress exempted themselves from the wage freeze.
See also: exempt
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We cannot exempt ourselves from the rules that apply to everyone else.
His "American influence is always stronger when we lead by example," struck a chord, as Obama's humble "We can't exempt ourselves from the rules that apply to everybody else", missed the point.
Accepting the Golden Rule is the wise choice that liberates us from the pernicious illusion that we can exempt ourselves from ethics.
We may begin to mistrust our abilities, suspect our own motives or exempt ourselves from full responsibility for our behaviors (Nelson, 2001).
We found out we couldn't exempt ourselves from the toxic process even though the project was approved long before the laws took effect.
The first is that as we cannot exempt ourselves from living in this world, then if we wish to live, we cannot exempt ourselves from using the world.
If we cannot exempt ourselves from use, then we must deal with the issues raised by use.
As Iowa Senator Charles Grassley admitted, "It certainly would be the height of hypocrisy to develop such a system for our fellow citizens, but exempt ourselves from it.
We support war crimes prosecution for the whole world, but we exempt ourselves from it.
We knew that these were the numbers, but we could not exempt ourselves from the responsibility v present forcefully the position which we firmly believe," EPP spokeswoman Katrin Ruhrmann said.