ex·​pul·​sion | \ ik-ˈspəl-shən How to pronounce expulsion (audio) \

Definition of expulsion

: the act of expelling : the state of being expelled

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expulsive \ ik-​ˈspəl-​siv How to pronounce expulsive (audio) \ adjective

Examples of expulsion in a Sentence

The government engaged in mass expulsions. the expulsion of air from the lungs

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Current punishments for violations range from discipline to suspension and expulsion. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "Students at Mormon-owned BYU urge honor code compassion," 12 Apr. 2019 What would be their motive for singling out black and brown kids for suspensions and expulsions, unless those students’ behavior warrants it? Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Obama’s Racial Preferences Made Schools Dangerous," 25 Dec. 2018 Across the country school principals and teachers—both in traditional public schools and charter schools—are rethinking their approach to suspensions and expulsions for bad behaviour. The Economist, "Tough love falls out of fashion in America’s schools," 14 Apr. 2018 In addition to the shuttering of the two locations, Obama also announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials who are currently said to be acting as spies in the States. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Trump Administration Is Considering the Return of Russian Compounds," 1 June 2017 Of course, that’s made more difficult by the diplomatic fallout from the poisoning of a former Russian military intelligence officer in the United Kingdom, which has involved mutual diplomatic expulsions and consulate closures. Richard Arnold, Washington Post, "Russia is hosting this year’s World Cup. What could go wrong?," 14 June 2018 And now, the president’s patience has (ostensibly) worn out: On Monday, Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians from the United States, including 12 whom the U.S. government believes to be intelligence officers. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Expels 60 Russian Diplomats Over Nerve-Gas Attack," 26 Mar. 2018 Moscow has ordered the tit-for-tat expulsion from Russia of 23 British envoys and also closed down the British Council, a cultural institute. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Russia slams UK's Johnson for comparing Putin with Hitler," 22 Mar. 2018 Colleges usually ask high school students about expulsions and suspensions; often those incidents can make or break whether the student gets into the school. Kate Murphy, Cincinnati.com, "These colleges won't punish your kid for walking out tomorrow," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of expulsion

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for expulsion

Middle English, from Anglo-French expulsioun, from Latin expulsion-, expulsio, from expellere to expel

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English Language Learners Definition of expulsion

: the act of forcing someone to leave a place (such as a country or a school) : the act of expelling someone
: the act of forcing something out : the act of expelling something


ex·​pul·​sion | \ ik-ˈspəl-shən How to pronounce expulsion (audio) \

Kids Definition of expulsion

: the act of forcing to leave : the state of being forced to leave

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