in·​clu·​sion | \ in-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce inclusion (audio) \

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 : 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 nounan 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

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Other Words from inclusion

inclusionary \ in-​ˈklü-​zhə-​ner-​ē How to pronounce inclusionary (audio) \ adjective

Examples of inclusion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web United Methodists’ conflicts, which have expressed themselves mostly in questions of the inclusion of its LGBTQ members, go back to 1972, recalled Patricia Miller, executive director of the conservative United Methodist Confessing Movement. Washington Post, "United Methodist leaders explain plan to split denomination," 14 Jan. 2020 Russell would also like to see the inclusion of Cleveland Heights residents on both ends of the project. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights council hears more about Top of the Hill financing," 14 Jan. 2020 The cult favorite Bean Boots Would this be a proper list of L.L.Bean products without the inclusion of Bean Boots? Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "15 incredible things to get at L.L.Bean's massive weekend sale," 10 Jan. 2020 The inclusion of Smith saved the Dallas organization from what would have been the first time since 2014 that no Cowboys defenders were invited to participate. Dallas News, "Cowboys add two more to Pro Bowl roster, giving Dallas six total representatives," 9 Jan. 2020 Due to the inclusion of such a large display, Concept UFO is noticeably larger than a Nintendo Switch and feels bulkier, too. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Dell’s new Concept UFO puts PC gaming on a Nintendo Switch-like device," 6 Jan. 2020 Most pearl-clutching of all is the inclusion of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s dramedy Fleabag. Ineye Komonibo,, "Phoebe Waller-Bridge Gave Obama The Best Shoutout At The Golden Globes," 5 Jan. 2020 Mind you, the very inclusion of these kinds of playlists is a step in the right direction, but all music communities need this level of attention more continuously. Mario J. Lucero, Quartz, "Music streaming services mishandle our data—and our culture is paying for it," 3 Jan. 2020 Devoted to Vinyl and Turntable Lab were both blown away by the Carbon’s inclusion of high-end technology that can’t find elsewhere at this price. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Turntables at Any Price You Can Buy Right Now," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Inclusion.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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in·​clu·​sion | \ in-ˈklü-zhən How to pronounce inclusion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce inclusion (audio) \

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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