ex·​clu·​sion ik-ˈsklü-zhən How to pronounce exclusion (audio)
: the act or an instance of excluding
: the state of being excluded
exclusionary adjective

Examples of exclusion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perceptions of exclusion or bias—or even indifference—prompt them to take their business elsewhere. Michael D. Brown, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Historically, racial exclusion and elitism have defined Mardi Gras. Cierra Chenier, Essence, 12 Feb. 2024 We are committed to opposing all forms of exclusion and discrimination and consistently stand up for the values of an open-minded and liberal democracy. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Feb. 2024 Gerwig and Robbie's exclusion from individual directing and acting categories at the upcoming 96th Oscars ceremony has notably drawn criticism from cast members America Ferrera and Ryan Gosling, who were nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, on Tuesday. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2024 With a 90-year term, the exclusion is lifelong for Holmes, who is currently 39. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 19 Jan. 2024 The exclusion applies to tax years beginning after December 31, 2019, and before January 1, 2026. Robert W. Wood, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Southern Idaho’s exclusion from funding from President Joe Biden’s administration this year will delay the potential for Amtrak passenger trains in the coming years. Kevin Fixler, Idaho Statesman, 6 Feb. 2024 The Zionists also had a principle of hiring Hebrew labor, at the exclusion of Arab labor. Emily Bazelon, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near exclusion

Cite this Entry

“Exclusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusion. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


ex·​clu·​sion iks-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce exclusion (audio)
: surgical separation of part of an organ from the rest without excision
exclude transitive verb
excluded; excluding

Legal Definition


ex·​clu·​sion ik-ˈsklü-zhən How to pronounce exclusion (audio)
: 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
: something that excludes or is excluded: as
: a part of an insurance contract that excludes specified risks from coverage compare condition, declaration
: an amount that is excluded from tax liability compare credit, deduction, exemption
exclusionary adjective
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