ex·​clu·​sion | \ik-ˈsklü-zhən \

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 \ adjective

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What Goes Around Comes Around: Get vintage designer finds for less with 20% off everything, no exclusions until November 25. Glamour, "All The Black Friday Fashion Deals You Need to Know," 22 Nov. 2018 The guidelines contain a number of important provisions, including the promise of new voluntary data standards and explicit exclusions for social media sites. James Vincent, The Verge, "UK porn law’s latest guidelines fail to answer critics," 18 Oct. 2018 In moist, humid climates, use exclusion techniques such as rings of ash around the plants, or use saucers of beer as bait. Kris Wetherbee, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Stunning Hostas," 7 Aug. 2018 After the Internet Archive refused to take down the posts, Reid or someone on her team ran an exclusion script on her blog, which automatically stops the Wayback Machine from archiving a site. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "A Short History of Blaming 'Hackers' For Pretty Much Everything," 27 Apr. 2018 And the 2018 midterm results show that the white identity politics that Trump has made the core of Republican appeals, to the exclusion of everything else, aren’t actually sufficient to sustain a majority party. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trumpism doesn’t win majorities. And Trump doesn’t care.," 7 Nov. 2018 Another is segregation, secession, redlining and rebranding: This is the art and craft of exclusion. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Toxic History, Poisoned Water: The Story of Flint," 3 July 2018 While there are exclusions, chances are, your credit card probably comes with a policy that can make up for anything your personal auto insurance doesn’t cover. Kristin Wong, New York Times, "11 Ways to Save Money When Booking Travel," 27 June 2018 Ten years later, the Geary Act extended the exclusion law and added an onerous new provision: Every Chinese immigrant had to carry a legal document called a Certificate of Residence, and to present it to authorities when asked. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "When past is present: New documentary explores harsh treatment of Chinese immigrants," 25 May 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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of exclusion 

: surgical separation of part of an organ from the rest without excision

Other Words from exclusion

exclude \iks-​ˈklüd \ transitive verb excluded; excluding


ex·​clu·​sion | \ik-ˈsklü-zhən \

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 \ adjective

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