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 exclusion (audio) \ adjective

Examples of exclusion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While much has been written on bullying at work as a serious concern for employees’ mental health and team cohesion, research shows exclusion can be just as toxic to anxiety levels and hasn’t received anywhere near the attention. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 29 June 2021 For both 2020 and 2021, the annual gift-tax exclusion is $15,000 per donor, per recipient. Richard Rubin, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2021 The paper argued this exclusion should no longer be valid, considering the FCC’s current activities, particularly its licensing of satellites in space. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 15 June 2021 The very exclusion from all levels of corporate America is what makes people with disabilities such crucial assets to corporate boards. Fortune, 13 June 2021 The exclusion of student loan cancellation isn’t a surprise. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 22 May 2021 If the other spouse received just $1,000 in unemployment compensation in 2020, then the exclusion for tax purposes that the couple would receive would be $11,200 — not $16,000. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2021 The lawsuit says that the exclusion of white ranchers and farmers in the program is unfair and asks the court to declare benefits targeting only people of color unconstitutional. Dallas News, 28 Apr. 2021 The lawsuit, which is backed by America First Legal Foundation, argues the exclusion of white farmers from the relief package is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Exclusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusion. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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