in·clu·sion | \ in-ˈklü-zhən \

Definition of inclusion 

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 : a relation between two classes that exists when all members of the first are also members of the second — compare membership sense 3

4 : the act or practice of including students with disabilities in regular school classes

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Other words from inclusion

inclusionary \in-ˈklü-zhə-ner-ē \ adjective

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Investors are also banking on eventual inclusion in major indexes, such as those run by J.P. Morgan , which should attract passive money and boost prices further. Mike Bird, WSJ, "China’s Bonds Buck the Emerging-Market Trend," 12 July 2018 The fusion of her interests led her to create Chicago Theatre Now, a new biannual magazine that will discuss and explore issues of accountability, inclusion, diversity, and equity within the Chicago theater scene. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Media / Theater Profiles abuse scandal inspires new magazine examining Chicago theater," 12 July 2018 Smith, who implemented practices that were racially inclusive, was killed by a mob who opposed the Mormom church and its teachings, including polygamy and racial inclusion, in Illinois in 1844. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018 Mayor Ron Nirenberg encouraged city staff to ensure that the challenges proposed to tech firms include the city’s top priorities, such as digital inclusion, opportunity for education and employment and pedestrian safety. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "City to move forward with innovation zones," 6 June 2018 Jesus’s love is a revolution of embrace and inclusion, worldwide and for each individual: you are loved, you are called. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Archbishop of Canterbury Gushed Over Bishop Michael Curry’s Royal Wedding Sermon," 20 May 2018 His speeches most often cover inclusion, overcoming the odds, and leadership. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Matt Roloff's Net Worth?," 9 May 2018 Highlighting over 20 women who broke legal and civic barriers in the fight for inclusion, equality, and recognition within the United States Navy. Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar: Quilts to be displayed in Lake Bluff," 29 Apr. 2018 Kennedy began to talk about equality and inclusion, but some black leaders, like Wright Edelman, were wary of trusting the man who had worked for Sen. Joe McCarthy’s committee and authorized the government wiretap on King. David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "RFK doc misses the bigger picture for Baby Boomers coming of age," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of inclusion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inclusion

Latin inclusion-, inclusio, from includere

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in·clu·sion | \ in-ˈklü-zhən \

Kids Definition of inclusion

1 : an act of taking in as part of a whole : the state of being taken in as part of a whole She suggested inclusion of an entry.

2 : something taken in as part of a whole


in·clu·sion | \ in-ˈklü-zhən \

Medical Definition of inclusion 

: 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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