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    Cool exemption

    Usually, "exemption" or "to be exempt from" mean "be free from any duty, law or whatever be for the majority." But, can "exemption" also mean "exclusion" in some cases? For instance, can we say "this information is exempt from disclosure" meaning "this information is not for public divulgation"?

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    Re: exemption

    I have not met it in the context you suggest. I think it is not a proper usage and to be avoided.

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    Cool Re: exemption

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I have not met it in the context you suggest. I think it is not a proper usage and to be avoided.
    So, please, what must be understood for "this information is exempt from disclosure", then?


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    Re: exemption

    Is this sentence in something you are reading? If so, full background and/or context would help.

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    Re: exemption

    Attention: Im not a teacher.

    Hi Bushwhacker,

    There are the following synonyms in my Dictionary concerning the matter in question.



    exemption (n) synonyms : absolution, discharge, dispensation, exclusion, exoneration, freedom, immunity, indulgence, privilege, release.

    exempt (v) synonyms: absolve, discharge, dismiss, excuse, free, let off, liberate, release, relieve, spare
    exempt adj. absolved, clear, discharged, excluded, excused, favored, free, immune, liberated, released, spared

    Regards.

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    Cool Re: exemption

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I have not met it in the context you suggest. I think it is not a proper usage and to be avoided.
    The paragraph: "This information is supplied in confidence by X, and it's exempt from disclosure under the Act X."

    Here, it seems that "to be exempt from" means something negative, a prohibition, not positive as usual. It seems it's saying that according to the Act X, the information is not allowed to be published. Isn't it? I agree it's bizarre but I can't find any other meaning suitable. Please, do you have another one?

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    Re: exemption

    It is a legal reference.

    Extrapolating from what you have given, there is some kind of legal action in which evidence has been provided but that, owing to some exception allowed under the law, this evidence is exempted from the normal rules of giving evidence and cannot be used in arguing the case.

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    Cool Re: exemption

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is a legal reference.

    Extrapolating from what you have given, there is some kind of legal action in which evidence has been provided but that, owing to some exception allowed under the law, this evidence is exempted from the normal rules of giving evidence and cannot be used in arguing the case.
    So, if it can not be used it means it's not susceptible of being divulged, isn't it? Could "exempt from" be changed by excluded of use, here, then?

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    Re: exemption

    It is being excluded because it is exempt.

    Just to say excluded could indicate merely that it was not used, but that it could have been used.

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