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Excused former partner, mostly insincere (6)


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'excused' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

'former partner mostly insincere' is the wordplay.
'former partner' becomes 'ex' (an ex-partner).
'mostly' means to remove the last letter (most but not all of the word).
'insincere' becomes 'empty' (I've seen this before).
'empty' with its final letter taken off is 'empt'.

(Other definitions for exempt that I've seen before include "Not subject to (eg taxation)" , "Free from, eg, tax" , "Immune - absolve" , "Absolved" , "Not liable to, immune" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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