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

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Other Words from exclusion

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

Examples of exclusion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first version of ObamaCare’s contraceptive mandate offered a narrow exclusion only for churches. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Joe Biden vs. the Nuns," 9 July 2020 The territorial legislature had passed a black-exclusion law in 1844 -- dictating regular public lashings until lawbreakers left the territory -- and followed it up with another such law five years later. oregonlive, "Oregon’s founders sought a ‘white utopia,’ a stain of racism that lives on even as state celebrates its progressivism," 14 June 2020 Twain rubs this in with his account of the feud between the Grangerford and Shepherdson clans, two families obsessed by belonging and family identity to the exclusion of all other values. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, "The Novels of Tension Between Freedom and Disaster," 10 July 2020 Though decades have passed since then, historically marginalized communities continue to bear the extreme financial and health costs of systemic exclusion and neglect. Lloyd B. Minor, Fortune, "These five numbers tell you everything you need to know about racial disparities in health care," 8 July 2020 The Trump administration is facing lawsuits over the bill's exclusion of some immigrants and their American spouses from the payments. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Who would get a second stimulus check — and who wouldn't?," 8 July 2020 Parliament rushed through legislation that banned social gatherings, overnight stays, and the reopening of hotels, pubs and restaurants – a necessary exclusion from the festivities. Fox News, "English pubs opened at 6 a.m., coronavirus restrictions ease, as police brace for 'chaos'," 5 July 2020 The exclusion of children born to women who marry non-Parsi men in the population figures is also a key reason. Rhea Mogul, CNN, "One of India's richest minority groups enjoys some of Mumbai's best rents. Here's why," 4 July 2020 Some public health experts, however, warn that the strong privacy focus of Google-Apple, to the exclusion of other important factors, may limit the value of the apps in tackling the pandemic. Bernard Wolfson, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus-tracking apps proliferate, but will they help slow disease’s spread?," 2 July 2020

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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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The first known use of exclusion was in the 15th century

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3 Aug 2020

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“Exclusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusion. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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 exclude (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 exclusionary (audio) \ adjective

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