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.
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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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Prayer never exempts us from suffering; its value is in fact enhanced by suffering.
I'm not entirely sure what accounts for this rude behavior, this pretense that being a journalist somehow exempts us from acting as Americans when for this brief ritual.
This rule requires us to acknowledge, out loud, that there is nothing so special about any one of us that exempts us from misfortune.
Such a focus exempts us from a more complex discourse about the root causes of violence or other anti-social conduct.