[syn: exemption, immunity, granting immunity]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Exemption \Ex*emp"tion\, n. [L. exemptio a removing: cf. F.
The act of exempting; the state of being exempt; freedom from
any charge, burden, evil, etc., to which others are subject;
immunity; privilege; as, exemption of certain articles from
seizure; exemption from military service; exemption from
anxiety, suffering, etc.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: immunity from an obligation or duty [syn: exemption,
2: a deduction allowed to a taxpayer because of his status
(having certain dependents or being blind or being over 65
etc.); "additional exemptions are allowed for each dependent"
3: an act exempting someone; "he was granted immunity from
prosecution" [syn: exemption, immunity, granting
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
56 Moby Thesaurus words for "exemption":
absolution, allowance, amnesty, cession, charter, circumscription,
concession, diplomatic immunity, discharge, dispensation,
exception, exclusion, exculpation, excuse, exoneration,
extenuating circumstances, franchise, freedom, grace,
grain of salt, grant, hedge, hedging, immunity, impunity,
indemnity, legislative immunity, liberty, license, limitation,
mental reservation, modification, nolle prosequi, non prosequitur,
nonprosecution, pardon, patent, permission, privilege,
qualification, redemption, release, remission, remission of sin,
reprieve, reservation, restriction, salvo, shrift, sparing,
special case, special treatment, specialness, specification, stay,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
EXEMPTION. A privilege which dispenses with the general rule; for example,
in Pennsylvania, and perhaps in all the other states, clergymen are exempt
from serving on juries. Exemptions are generally allowed, not for the
benefit of the individual, but for some public advantage.