ex·​clu·​sion | \ ik-ˈsklü-zhən \

Definition of exclusion

1 : the act or an instance of excluding
2 : the state of being excluded

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Other Words from exclusion

exclusionary \ ik-​ˈsklü-​zhə-​ˌner-​ē \ adjective

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Havaianas: Take 40 percent off all styles from 11/22 through 11/26 (some exclusions may apply). Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 Deals From All of Your Favorite Stores and Brands," 20 Nov. 2018 The company filed for an exclusion for steel imported from Japan, which was granted on June 20. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How Trump’s tariffs are affecting the furniture industry," 7 Aug. 2018 The exclusion of women in health research in the United States wasn’t just limited to clinical trials. Amy M. Miller, STAT, "Studying sex differences will improve health for women and men," 13 June 2018 By a 738-416 vote, the town of Manchester passed a one-year, $400,000 Proposition 2½ debt exclusion for repair and reconstruction of the Central Street dam and culvert at its May 15 town election. David Rattigan, BostonGlobe.com, "Manchester passes funding for dam, culvert work," 24 May 2018 One example of a country where financial exclusion is extreme but prospects for greatly reducing it seem bright is Pakistan. The Economist, "Financial inclusion is making great strides," 3 May 2018 Even a personal umbrella policy won’t cover you — there’s an exclusion for businesses and professional services. NBC News, "The important insurance policies small business owners are overlooking," 27 Apr. 2018 Trump's plan would set a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, with possible exclusions for Mexico and Canada. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Sullivan worried a Trump trade war would be bad for Alaska," 8 Mar. 2018 But Peter Navarro, the president's trade adviser, told Fox News Sunday and CBS's Face the Nation that there will not be exclusions for specific allies. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump administration downplays effect of a trade war on American consumers," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of exclusion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exclusion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin exclusion-, exclusio, from excludere

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ex·​clu·​sion | \ ik-ˈsklü-zhən \

Kids Definition of exclusion

: the act of shutting or keeping out : the state of being shut or kept out


ex·​clu·​sion | \ iks-ˈklü-zhən \

Medical Definition of exclusion

: surgical separation of part of an organ from the rest without excision

Other Words from exclusion

exclude \ iks-​ˈklüd \ transitive verb excluded; excluding


ex·​clu·​sion | \ ik-ˈsklü-zhən \

Legal Definition of exclusion

1 : the act of excluding or state of being excluded specifically : refusal of entry into the U.S. by immigration officials review of deportation and exclusion orders — compare deportation
2 : something that excludes or is excluded: as
a : a part of an insurance contract that excludes specified risks from coverage — compare condition, declaration
b : an amount that is excluded from tax liability — compare credit, deduction, exemption

Other Words from exclusion

exclusionary \ -​zhə-​ˌner-​ē \ adjective

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a servile follower or underling

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