ex·pul·sion | \ik-ˈspəl-shən \

Definition of expulsion 

: the act of expelling : the state of being expelled

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expulsive \ik-ˈspəl-siv \ adjective

Examples of expulsion in a Sentence

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

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Childhood, in iconic stories, was tied to expulsion — until now. refinery29.com, "The Subtle Reason Why Pixar Movies Differ From The Disney Classics Of Yore," 15 June 2018 That report led to the expulsion of over 150 Russian diplomats from 28 countries. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian lab reportedly made “Novichok” nerve agent that attacked spy via doorknob," 6 Apr. 2018 Russia has hit back with its own diplomatic expulsions. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "Trump to Meet Russia’s Putin in Finland on July 16," 28 June 2018 Algeria provides no figures for its involuntary expulsions. Lori Hinnant, BostonGlobe.com, "Algeria expels thousands of migrants in forced Sahara march," 25 June 2018 Algeria provides no figures for its involuntary expulsions. Washington Post, "Walk or die: Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara," 25 June 2018 Algeria provides no figures for its involuntary expulsions. Fox News, "Algeria expels thousands of migrants in forced Sahara march," 25 June 2018 But the school board learned earlier this month that there was nothing in the state school code that would support his expulsion for that reason. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Judge dismisses Niles Township school board member's lawsuit against the district," 31 May 2018 Newslook Fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski is not taking his expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences lying down, according to his lawyer. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Roman Polanski threatens to take Oscars academy to court following expulsion," 9 May 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 \

Kids Definition of expulsion

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

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