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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Synonyms for deletion

Synonyms

elision, omission

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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

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There’s an argument to be made that Microsoft was overdue for a period of bug fixing and polishing after the fiasco known as the October 2018 Update, which suffered a false start and hasty pullback after reports of data deletion, later confirmed. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's April 2019 Update should be as straightforward as its name," 25 Jan. 2019 Travis' weird actions didn't end with the deletion of his Instagram, however. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About the Alleged Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner Cheating Scandal," 4 Mar. 2019 Tweet deletion is no longer a matter of curation, but a necessity. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The year of deleted tweets," 27 Dec. 2018 Twitter curiously doesn’t offer the option to purge your timeline, but services like TweetDelete, TwitWipe, and TweetEraser offered freedom from Twitter mobs through mass deletion. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The year of deleted tweets," 27 Dec. 2018 Before you do a phone cleanse, open the app and find that account-deletion option. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Don’t Be Haunted by Digital Ghosts: Delete Your Old Accounts," 12 Oct. 2018 Simply connect your Twitter account to your deletion mechanism of choice and follow its instructions. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Delete All Your Tweets," 2 Aug. 2018 Favorite cross-platform tool free CCleaner for PCs and Macs also has an option for secure deletion of files. 7. Kim Komando, Fox News, "10 insider tricks to keep hackers and scammers from stealing from you," 22 June 2018 For example, regulations mandate the deletion of much data to ensure individual privacy. J.j. Plecs And John H. Cochrane, WSJ, "Imagine What We Could Cure," 25 Nov. 2018

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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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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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