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 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

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Other Words from inclusion

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

Examples of inclusion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Myles Payne recently attended a meeting of 130 athletic directors, who developed 10 things schools can do immediately to improve diversity and inclusion. Chris Perkins,, "Black History Month: A key to diversifying college sports leadership may lie with young athletes themselves," 23 Feb. 2021 In a new cover story for Dazed magazine, members of the cast including Whitney Peak, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, and Jordan Alexander revealed how the next generation of Upper East Siders will tackle diversity and inclusion in 2021. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Gossip Girl Reboot Will Be "Reflective of the Times" We're In," 23 Feb. 2021 Among the remedies faculty are pushing: rewarding diversity and inclusion efforts in promotion decisions. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Doctors, researchers push academia’s ivory tower to start rewarding diversity work in promotion decisions," 22 Feb. 2021 The alert appears as part of The Walt Disney Company's ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion via its Stories Matter initiative. Rosy Cordero,, "Disney+ adds 'negative depictions' disclaimer to multiple episodes of The Muppet Show," 21 Feb. 2021 Google has fired another researcher who specialized in the ethics of artificial intelligence, just three months after the company's treatment of one of the researcher's colleagues caused an uproar over Google's record on diversity and inclusion. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Google fires another co-lead of its A.I. ethics research group," 20 Feb. 2021 Olden has more than 20 years of experience working in the diversity and inclusion space and helping companies improve their workplaces. NBC News, "News organizations struggle to meet diversity pledges despite key hires," 19 Feb. 2021 The skates, worn by other players across the NHL, will be auctioned, with the proceeds going to the Black Girl Hockey Club, a non-profit dedicated to uniting Black women in the hockey community and promoting diversity and inclusion in the game. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "Coyotes rally, but fall to Kings in overtime shootout," 19 Feb. 2021 That said, virtual conferences are only as inclusive as they’re made to be; diversity and inclusion efforts have a long history of leaving out disabled people. Krystal Vasquez, Scientific American, "Virtual Conferences Aren't as Accessible as You Might Think," 18 Feb. 2021

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Inclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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