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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At the time of the expulsion, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blamed Russia for trying to discredit his country’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, and suggested those efforts played a role in the decision. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada’s Spy Chief Warns of Economic Espionage," 4 Dec. 2018 The report found that LGBTQ students face threats of expulsion, increased disciplinary action, denied participation in student life, hostile campus climates, and forced therapy or counseling. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "How Title IX Exemptions Allow Religious Colleges to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students," 15 Oct. 2018 IUDs come with a small risk of expulsion, which is when your body starts to push the IUD out of you. Korin Miller, SELF, "13 Things You Absolutely Should Know Before Getting the Copper IUD," 20 July 2018 Cosby’s expulsion comes on the heels of the Television Academy removing his name from its list of Hall of Fame honorees. Monique Judge, The Root, "Bill Cosby Ousted From Film Academy Along With Roman Polanski," 3 May 2018 The Mexican government has stepped in, deporting 400 of the migrants and warning that more expulsions may come. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Trump keeps focus on caravan of Honduran asylum seekers headed to U.S.," 3 Apr. 2018 In many countries pregnancy is grounds for expulsion, which means girls can no longer learn, or at least gain the labour-market advantage of having a few years’ extra education. The Economist, "Universal lessons," 5 July 2018 All of the students were suspended and expulsion proceedings have begun, state police said. Toppled chairs and splattered egg yolk were discovered Tuesday morning. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Would-Be Wilcox Graduation Spoilers Arrested In Meriden, State Police Say," 20 June 2018 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

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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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