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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Other Words from expulsion

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

Examples of expulsion in a Sentence

The government engaged in mass expulsions. the expulsion of air from the lungs
Recent Examples on the Web The Biden administration plans the expulsion of Haitian migrants from the Texas border city of Del Rio by putting them on on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official told the Associated Press Friday. Editors, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2021 Like in his ruling last year, Sullivan wrote in a 58-page opinion on Thursday that the 19th century public health law cited by the government does not authorize the expulsion of migrants. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2021 One historian described the expulsion of Acadians from Nova Scotia as ethnic cleansing. Andy Horowitz, Rolling Stone, 16 Sep. 2021 As the Mexico City Olympics continued, Tyus publicly criticized the expulsion of Smith and Carlos from the Games. New York Times, 17 June 2021 But the school took no actions such as closer monitoring, assigning an aide, expulsion, or warning staff to protect other students, the complaint said. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Aug. 2021 Many of these critics misrepresented the facts, claiming that hysterical feminists had pressured schools to adopt policies whereby mere allegations warranted expulsion. Alexandra Brodsky, The New Yorker, 20 Aug. 2021 But this practice died out with the arrival of European immigrants, because of local bans as well as the expulsion of tribes from native lands. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2021 Some institutions have said expulsion is on the table for students who are caught using the counterfeits. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 14 Aug. 2021

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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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“Expulsion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expulsion. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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