- The definition of exempt is you are excused from a rule or an obligation imposed on others.
An example of exempt is when everyone else is required to get to a meeting ten minutes early, but you are not required to do so.
Origin of exemptMiddle English exempten ; from Anglo-French exempter ; from Classical Latin exemptus, past participle of eximere, to take out: see example
Origin of exemptL exemptus
transitive verbex·empt·ed, ex·empt·ing, ex·empts
- To free from an obligation, duty, or liability to which others are subject: exempting the disabled from military service.
- Obsolete To set apart; isolate.
- Freed from an obligation, duty, or liability to which others are subject; excused: persons exempt from jury duty; income exempt from taxation; a beauty somehow exempt from the aging process.
- Not subject to certain federal workplace laws or protections, especially those requiring overtime compensation: exempt employees.
- Obsolete Set apart; isolated.
Origin of exemptMiddle English exempten, from Old French exempter, from exempt, exempt, from Latin exemptus, past participle of eximere, to take out; see example.
(third-person singular simple present exempts, present participle exempting, simple past and past participle exempted)
exempt - Legal Definition