a. The act or an instance of exempting.
b. The state of being exempt; immunity.
2. An exception to the ordinary operation of law, as:
a. An exception of certain property from bankruptcy or taxation.
b. The deduction of a certain amount in the computation of net income with regard to taxation, allowed for an individual, that individual's dependents, and certain characteristics, such as blindness or age.
c. Excuse from performance of a legal duty, such as release from serving in the military or as a juror.
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