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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.
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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.
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(173) Rather, it was simply meant to "set a limit on the value of the particular asset that a debtor may exempt." (174) Thus, the Court argued, the lack of the term "debtor's interest" was of no issue because Congress "imposed a value limitation on the amount of exemptible retirement funds in a separate provision." (175)
(193) Included in the Bankruptcy Code as exemptible property is up to $1,245,475 in a qualified retirement fund, including an IRA.
The other types of plans exemptible are: "(A) a social security benefit, unemployment compensation, or a local public assistance benefit; (B) a veterans' benefit; (C) a disability, illness, or unemployment benefit; and (D) alimony, support, or separate maintenance, to the extent reasonably necessary for the support of the debtor and any dependent of the debtor." 11 U.S.C.
For a more thorough discussion of exemptible property, see supra Part I, III.B-C.