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 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 Students of color continue to be overrepresented in the annual expulsion and suspension rates of school districts — and the lawsuit contends that the state education leaders have failed to address that disparity. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 The expulsion orders — which gave U.N. leaders 72 hours to leave the country — followed the United States in September threatening sanctions if Ethiopia’s government did not take steps to end the 10-month conflict in Tigray. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 The council had already scheduled closed-door consultations late Friday morning on the expulsion order. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Require more robust data collection on suspension and expulsion trends. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Most of the officials named in Thursday’s expulsion order work for the U.N.’s Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, whose detailed reports have been instrumental in bringing global attention to the crisis in Tigray. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 The district’s suspension rate for the 2018-19 school year was more than 8 percent, about two-thirds higher than the statewide rate for high school students, and the expulsion rate for the district was nearly 45 percent higher than the state’s. Bethany Mollenkof, ProPublica, 29 Sep. 2021 An estimated 8,000 returned to Mexico voluntarily, while another 4,000 remain in U.S. custody awaiting expulsion or release. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 27 Sep. 2021 The app’s expulsion was widely denounced by opposition politicians. Michael Liedtke And Barbara Ortutay, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 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 22 Oct. 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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