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 On Monday evening the State Department did not respond to CNN's request for comment about the exclusion of Kelemen. Brian Stelter, CNN, "State Department still silent after dropping NPR reporter from Pompeo trip," 28 Jan. 2020 But even before this shift, the eligibility requirements have evolved over time — due in no small part to ongoing backlash over the exclusion of artists like Lady Gaga in 2010. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's Why Artists Who Aren't That New Keep Getting Nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy," 23 Jan. 2020 The company was precluded from presenting a meaningful defense due to the court's exclusion of key evidence. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Judge slashes $8 billion Risperdal award against J&J to $6.8 million," 17 Jan. 2020 And, as usual, nostalgia for the old entails welcoming the exclusions of those eras. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Fossilized 2020 Oscar Nominations," 13 Jan. 2020 The Justice Department says that Dimora’s racketeering and other convictions, which total more than 30, should stand, arguing that Lioi did not make any errors with either the jury instructions or the exclusion of the ethics reports. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Appeals court sets oral arguments date for Jimmy Dimora’s corruption case," 13 Jan. 2020 While the fashion industry seems to be progressing in some ways, the exclusion of plus-size bodies remains a constant. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "6 Latinx Innovators Changing the Plus Size Fashion Industry," 3 Jan. 2020 Either that, or exclusion is so deeply ingrained in certain institutions that it can’t ever be adequately addressed – and the entire organization needs to be torn down. Christine Larson, The Conversation, "If the Romance Writers of America can implode over racism, no group is safe," 22 Jan. 2020 In light of the concerns about the impacts of satellites on the night sky, Ryan says, this categorical exclusion would be unlikely to stand up in a court of law. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "The FCC's Approval of SpaceX's Starlink Mega Constellation May Have Been Unlawful," 16 Jan. 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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“Exclusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusionary. Accessed 22 Feb. 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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