ex·​clu·​sion | \ ik-ˈsklü-zhən How to pronounce exclusion (audio) \

Definition of exclusion

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

Other Words from exclusion

exclusionary \ ik-​ˈsklü-​zhə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce exclusion (audio) \ adjective

Examples of exclusion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both players had to overcome economic hardship to find success in a sport with a history of racial exclusion, one not historically kind to Black players. Harry Edwards, CNN, 13 Sep. 2022 To the contrary, the sanctimonious act upholds the carceral logic of exclusion and reinforces dominant structures of power. WIRED, 26 Aug. 2022 Such a reversal can no longer provide solace to Johnnie Mae Austin, but there are others who share her experience of exclusion—others who still check their mailboxes for the return of a tribal newsletter. Philip Deloria, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 Community members are speaking up, too, often with a sharpening sense of exclusion, distrust in government and a loss of power. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 July 2022 The bitter flavor of exclusion, the willful ignorance of art’s gatekeepers manicuring the pasture of a well-mannered in-group, is a very real history that the art world continues to reckon with. New York Times, 7 July 2022 Black workers can become the leaders of tomorrow, and disrupting this perpetual cycle of exclusion. Rick Suber, Fortune, 17 June 2022 The need to purge it from country music, at least from an artist/industry standpoint, was amplified as representatives of the genre discussed its history of exclusion the past few years. Chris Willman, Variety, 4 June 2022 Roma are often the subjects of social and economic exclusion, and face discrimination, segregation and poverty. Justin Spike, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2022 See More

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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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21 Sep 2022

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“Exclusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusion. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for exclusion


ex·​clu·​sion | \ ik-ˈsklü-zhən How to pronounce exclusion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce exclusion (audio) \

Medical Definition of exclusion

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

Other Words from exclusion

exclude \ iks-​ˈklüd How to pronounce exclusion (audio) \ transitive verb excluded; excluding


ex·​clu·​sion | \ ik-ˈsklü-zhən How to pronounce exclusion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce exclusion (audio) \ adjective


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