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

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His exit was prompted by his exclusion from an unannounced visit by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iranian officials said, and will likely embolden conservatives... Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "As U.S. Pushes to Isolate Iran, Rouhani Fights to Keep His Top Diplomat," 26 Feb. 2019 The short answer is not soon—a conclusion that may serve as some consolation for U.S. executives smarting at their near-total exclusion from the Chinese market. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018 Earlier this week, Bhabie spoke out on her exclusion from XXL's 2018 Freshman cover. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Bhad Bhabie Vows to Be the Ultimate Ride-or-Die Girlfriend on 'Trust Me' With Ty Dolla $ign: Listen," 14 June 2018 Their exclusion followed Pyongyang cutting off high-level contact with Seoul to protest joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises. Fox News, "NKorea allows SKorean journalists to cover nuke test closing," 22 May 2018 After a court denied his challenge of his exclusion, Ganim went out and raised $525,000 for his gubernatorial campaign. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Democratic Gubernatorial Campaigns Squabble Over Convention Rules," 23 Apr. 2018 Ken Doyle, senior editor of the Money and Politics Report for Bloomberg Government, discusses a defeat for Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, who recently lost a lawsuit challenging their exclusion from the presidential debates. Bloomberg.com, "Third Party Candidates Lose Out in Debate Case (Audio)," 31 Aug. 2017 About the same time, the Asiatic exclusion act started the alien-smuggling business on an organized scale, through the willingness of people from China and Southeast Asia to pay as high as $200 to $500 each to get into the United States. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Rewind: What Guarding Uncle Sam's Borders Was Like in 1925," 11 Feb. 2019 Well, there is some fine print: Be sure to check the exclusions list before adding your must-haves to the cart, as not all brands are participating in the massive sale. Allure, "There's a Major Sale on Sunday Riley Skin Care Right Now," 4 Oct. 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 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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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