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 exclusion (audio) \ adjective

Examples of exclusion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ta admits the exclusion of talc made nailing down the shades a two-year-plus project. Talia Gutierrez, Allure, "Makeup Artist Patrick Ta Is Launching His First-Ever Contouring Collection, and We Tried It First," 2 Apr. 2021 Sixteen recent acquisitions of contemporary art are also on view (ongoing), their welcome emphasis on work by women and people of color part of a larger, growing effort among museums to redress past exclusion. Los Angeles Times, "Review: LACMA reopens with six shows that hint to what the future museum will be like," 1 Apr. 2021 The agency provided an update about the new exclusion of up to $10,200 of unemployment compensation on its website here. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "IRS tax refunds to start in May for $10,200 unemployment tax break: Here's what you need to know," 1 Apr. 2021 Casino officials then matched her name against the more than 2,400 people on the state’s self-exclusion list. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "These gamblers took dramatic steps to be barred from entering a Maryland casino again. Then they went anyhow.," 1 Apr. 2021 The total exclusion in this example would add up to $15,200. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Receive jobless benefits in 2020? IRS to send tax refund payouts to some in May," 31 Mar. 2021 One noteworthy exclusion from the proceedings during Saturday's Chicago scrimmage was Amaya. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam discusses Frankie Amaya, US Open Cup qualifying," 30 Mar. 2021 Two other states—Ohio and Vermont—technically, do not allow the exclusion, but the tax preparer says both states have advised taxpayers to file as-if conforming, indicating an administrative change is looming. Chris Morris, Fortune, "13 states won’t allow the unemployment tax break. See if yours is one of them," 30 Mar. 2021 This should have been seen as cause for celebration, not exclusion. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: Lipan Apaches become ally to Tap Pilam in lawsuit against Alamo Trust," 25 Mar. 2021

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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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“Exclusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusion. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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 exclusion (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 exclusion (audio) \ adjective

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