inclusion

noun

in·​clu·​sion in-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce inclusion (audio)
1
: the act of including : the state of being included
2
: something that is included: such as
a
: a gaseous, liquid, or solid foreign body enclosed in a mass (as of a mineral)
b
: a passive usually temporary product of cell activity (such as a starch grain) within the cytoplasm or nucleus
3
: the act or practice of including students with disabilities with the general student population
Inclusion refers to a variety of integration approaches, but the goal is to blend special education students into the traditional classroom.Suevon Lee
sometimes used before a noun
an inclusion classroom/school
4
: the act or practice of including and accommodating people who have historically been excluded (as because of their race, gender, sexuality, or ability)
… academic libraries have traditionally struggled to address problems of equity, diversity and inclusion. The low representation of people of color in library staff has been a particular shortcoming, despite many initiatives to attract minority staff to the field.Lindsay McKenzie
Tech workers say they are more interested in diversity and are more willing to work to promote inclusion in their workplace …Jessica Guynn
Meaningful civic inclusion even now eludes many of our fellow citizens who are recognizably of African descent.Glenn C. Loury
5
mathematics : a relation between two classes (see class sense 3c) that exists when all members of the first class are also members of the second compare membership sense 3
inclusionary adjective

Examples of inclusion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Texas lawmakers recently banned public universities from maintaining offices of diversity, equity and inclusion, taking on a subject that the billionaire has often criticized. 5. Madlin Mekelburg, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 Last season saw the inclusion of several A-list actors, including Paul Rudd, Meryl Streep and Jesse Williams, and this season promises to be just as star-studded. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 Among their number were two women, but despite the progressive glow the pair’s inclusion may have lent the institution, they would be excluded from its governance. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 And as the group’s inclusion was a long time coming, the news was happily greeted. Daniel Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 In a March 2021 call with investors, then-Disney CEO Bob Chapek implied that Carano did not share the company’s values of respect, decency, integrity and inclusion. Robin Abcarian, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024 Scooter Braun, Emmy Rossum and Helen Mirren are among 400 celebrities and industry executives who’ve signed an open letter supporting Israel’s inclusion in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 14 Feb. 2024 The school has been sharply divided over the Israel-Gaza war; diversity, equity and inclusion efforts; and the limits of free expression. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2024 And among the Recording Academy executives who shared remarks were BMC chair Rico Love and Ryan Butler, the Academy’s vp of diversity, equity and inclusion. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin inclusion-, inclusio, from includere

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inclusion was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inclusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inclusion. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

inclusion

noun
in·​clu·​sion in-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce inclusion (audio)
1
: the act of including : the state of being included
2
: something that is included

Medical Definition

inclusion

noun
in·​clu·​sion in-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce inclusion (audio)
: something that is included
especially : a passive usually temporary product of cell activity (as a starch grain) within the cytoplasm or nucleus
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