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 : 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 How to pronounce inclusionary (audio) \ adjective

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Disagreements over those issues make their inclusion unlikely, most lawmakers say. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "GOP leaders signal no taste for renewing shutdown over wall," 29 Jan. 2019 Bailey stepped down as Burberry's chief creative officer in March 2018, and his inclusion on the New Year's Honors list commemorates his impactful time at the fashion house. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Christopher Bailey Is on the Queen’s New Year’s Honors List for His Work at Burberry," 30 Dec. 2018 More recently, company co-founder Carl Pei explained to me that the notification LED was so important to OnePlus users that its inclusion even affected the size of the OnePlus 6’s notch. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus 6T review: revised formula, same results," 29 Oct. 2018 As The Los Angeles Daily News reports, Fisher’s sudden death in 2016 complicates her inclusion on the Walk of Fame. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Star Wars' actor Mark Hamill calls for Donald Trump's Walk of Fame star to be replaced with Carrie Fisher," 2 Oct. 2018 With its inclusion as part of UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Singaporean government hopes to inspire pride in Singaporeans. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Singapore Wants to Protect Its Hawker Centers with UNESCO Status," 21 Aug. 2018 Whether that precludes her eventual inclusion in the cast is currently unclear. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Star Wars: Episode IX," 27 July 2018 That didn't sit well with the Marines, who would demand their inclusion. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "WTF-35: How the Joint Strike Fighter Got to Be Such a Mess," 27 July 2018 An emerald cut also can expose inclusions quite quickly so stone quality needs to be close to perfect. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Jennifer Lopez's Engagement Ring From Alex Rodriguez," 10 Mar. 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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The first known use of inclusion was in the 15th century

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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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