Definition of immune adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈmjuːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmjuːn//
    [not usually before noun]
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  1. 1immune (to something) that cannot catch or be affected by a particular disease or illness Adults are often immune to German measles.
  2. 2immune (to something) not affected by something You'll eventually become immune to criticism. Few men are immune to her charms. Our business is far from immune to economic conditions.
  3. 3immune (from something) protected from something and therefore able to avoid it synonym exempt No one should be immune from prosecution. Not even the President’s wife was immune from criticism by the press.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘free from (a liability)’): from Latin immunis ‘exempt from public service or charge’, from in- ‘not’ + munis ‘ready for service’. Sense 1 dates from the late 19th cent.Extra examples Children are far from immune to the virus of cruelty that is latent in all human beings. He is immune from prosecution as long as he is in office. He seems to believe that the president is somehow immune from criticism. Many people are immune to this disease. She’s quite immune to criticism. The vaccination doesn’t necessarily make you completely immune.
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