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 governor said the exclusion of bars and nightclubs from the new phase, for instance, was a precaution to prevent a resurgence that could cause another potential backtrack or even an outbreak. Kristina Vakhman, courant.com, "Phase 3 of Connecticut’s reopening plan began Thursday. Here’s what restrictions have been lifted.," 8 Oct. 2020 The exclusion of South Asians in the Asian American community is further apparent when looking at attitudes among non-Asians. NBC News, "Kamala Harris and a history of trying to define 'Asian American'," 6 Oct. 2020 But, says Pyne, the more appropriate term would be fire exclusion. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Debate Was a Disaster. But Hey, Climate Change Came Up," 30 Sep. 2020 Experts are quick to note that in some cases, the exclusion of older adults from a participant pool is justified. Pratibha Gopalakrishna, STAT, "New research shows older adults are still often excluded from clinical trials," 30 Sep. 2020 The exclusion of lesbians in the movement was intolerable to her, but so was militant separatism. Dayna Tortorici, The New York Review of Books, "The Desk and the Daring," 22 Sep. 2020 From Indigenous extermination to chattel slavery to prison labor to immigrant exclusion to carbon extraction, capitalism has inexorably depended on the suffering of most of its subjects. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, "The Generation That Was Exhausted," 18 Sep. 2020 Littlejohn noted that larger firms often benefited from intergenerational wealth that Black families were denied during decades of housing discrimination and other systemic exclusion. Maya Rao, Star Tribune, "Minority-owned firms seek leading role in reconstruction of Twin Cities," 14 Sep. 2020 The exclusion of these genres from my cinematic diet wasn’t solely because of a lack of interest. Ya'ke Smith, Dallas News, "With ‘Lovecraft Country’ and ‘Watchmen,’ a Black Texas filmmaker feels seen in an unexpected way," 11 Sep. 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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14 Oct 2020

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“Exclusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusion. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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