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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Gucci’s campaign plays lip service to inclusion and imperfection, but many poor people probably won’t be buying the Goldie Red Rouge à Lèvres satin lipstick that Miller wears in the campaign for $38 a piece. Alaina Leary, Glamour, "The Reaction to Gucci's Ad Doesn't Surprise Me—I Grew Up With 'Bad Teeth'," 9 May 2019 His speeches typically cover inclusion, overcoming the odds, and leadership. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Matt Roloff's Net Worth? Here's How the 'Little People, Big World' Star Makes a Living," 2 Apr. 2019 As a member of the LGBTQ community herself, Jessica really appreciates the inclusion of relationships like the one between Cheryl and Toni, which is a favorite among viewers. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Are Teenagers Having As Much Sex as "Riverdale" Thinks They Are?," 16 May 2019 One person who disagrees with this sentiment is Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who criticized the inclusion of Teigen on her show, The Ingraham Angle. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Has Some Words for Fox News' Laura Ingraham for Criticizing Her Time 100 Inclusion," 18 Apr. 2019 As Americans today skim through the 448-page Mueller report, much of which was redacted, the fashion community will be buzzing about the inclusion of a former one of its own in the dossier. Vogue, "Onetime Street Style Star Mentioned in the Mueller Report," 18 Apr. 2019 Some fans also took note of the inclusion of Bey's family in the documentary. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé's Homecoming Netflix Documentary (and Surprise Album!) Are Here and Fans Are Emotional," 17 Apr. 2019 Washington lands near the bottom of state rankings of the performance and inclusion of its students with disabilities, and a recent survey told us that Ed Lab readers want to read more about this topic. Joy Resmovits, The Seattle Times, "From the editor: Why Education Lab is focusing on ‘specialized education’ this year," 26 Mar. 2019 Besides a totally unexpected young rap artist and the inclusion of John Legend, the Blind Auditions were basically business as usual—for everyone except Adam Levine. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Fans Threaten Not to Vote for Adam Levine’s Team After Last Year’s Drama," 26 Feb. 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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