deletion

noun
de·​le·​tion | \ di-ˈlē-shən How to pronounce deletion (audio) , dē- \

Definition of deletion

1 : the act of deleting
2a : something deleted
b(1) : the absence of a section of genetic material from a gene or chromosome
(2) : the mutational process that results in a deletion

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Examples of deletion in a Sentence

one of the deletions from the final cut of the movie turned out to be my one line of dialogue
Recent Examples on the Web One method, suggested by WIRED’s own Lily Hay Newman, is to curate your bulk deletions by email address. Wired, "How to Free Up Space in Gmail," 31 Oct. 2019 Note that our deletion does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of your content from the internet and comments that may have been posted by others about you or your posting will remain accessible online. 9. Marie Claire, "Privacy Policy," 1 Dec. 2014 Can the prime editor target a large deletion (adding back as many as five exons) and if so, can it be done that early in the sequence? Sharon Begley, STAT, "You had questions for David Liu about CRISPR, prime editing, and advice to young scientists. He has answers," 6 Nov. 2019 When Trump deleted several tweets in 2017, watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive filed a lawsuit, claiming the deletions represented a violation of the Presidential Records Act. Wired, "Twitter's Speech Policies Shouldn't Be a Campaign Issue," 2 Oct. 2019 Immigrants remain wary of responding to forms for the coming U.S. Census, despite the deletion of a citizenship question, say Northwest Arkansas advocates for a full census count. Doug Thompson, Arkansas Online, "Full-count census doubts linger," 8 Dec. 2019 Still more reporting revealed that city officials had ordered the deletion of hundreds of pages of emails related to the controversy, fearing future open records requests. Mark J. Rochester, Freep.com, "Make Your Date: The investigation explained," 4 Dec. 2019 The search was conducted on Friday as part of a criminal investigation into the deletion of city emails involving Make Your Date, a local prenatal care program run by a woman with close ties to Duggan. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Attorney General search warrant sought emails involving Duggan, Alexis Wiley and others," 12 Nov. 2019 The newspaper was able to confirm the deletions, which became part of the OIG and Attorney General investigations. Mark J. Rochester, Freep.com, "Make Your Date: The investigation explained," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of deletion

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deletion

Latin deletion-, deletio destruction, from delēre

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The first known use of deletion was in 1590

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25 Jan 2020

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“Deletion.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deletion. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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deletion

noun
de·​le·​tion | \ di-ˈlē-shən How to pronounce deletion (audio) \

Kids Definition of deletion

1 : an act of taking out The deletion of the file was a mistake.
2 : something taken out

deletion

noun
de·​le·​tion | \ di-ˈlē-shən How to pronounce deletion (audio) \

Medical Definition of deletion

1 : the absence of a section of genetic material from a gene or chromosome
2 : the mutational process that results in a deletion

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