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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The Jonah effect Jonah will be traveling for his book tour over the next few months to spread his message of inclusion, and Nies Janowiec is excited to schedule many schools on those stops, so Jonah can share his story with kids. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Crochet prodigy Jonah Larson's picture book autobiography is about building friendships 'one stitch at a time'," 15 July 2019 Turning a space on seclusion into one of inclusionCreating a new signature space for Raleigh and its residents requires connecting with the surrounding community. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Is most exciting park project in the nation taking shape in Raleigh?," 9 July 2019 The rents give coworking tenants 24-hour building access, business services and inclusion in community events such as professional workshops and cheese tastings. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "WeWork expands its Houston coworking operation with new downtown location," 8 July 2019 Jack’s investigation redirects attention from the matter of access to the matter of inclusion. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "“The Privileged Poor,” A Refreshing Antidote to Our Obsession with the College-Admissions Scandal," 20 June 2019 All these are arguably reasonable trade-offs for the party to make, to err on the side of inclusion — for now. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The first Democratic debate qualification rules — and controversies — explained," 12 June 2019 Biotechs historically have mostly listed on Nasdaq, in part because of its cheaper fees, more lenient listing standards and the prospect of inclusion in the popular Nasdaq Biotechnology Index. ... Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "NYSE Cuts Fees to Court Biotech Listings Away From Nasdaq," 23 May 2019 And with efforts to introduce live captioning on any piece of Internet content, that circle of inclusion extends to the deaf community as well. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Google Just Proved That Our Voice Is the Ultimate UI," 7 May 2019 Still, the yield on Oman’s bond due in 2028 remains higher than Bahrain’s similar-maturity debt, which rallied last year after the nation won a $10 billion bailout package and inclusion in JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s emerging-market bond indexes. Zainab Fattah,, "Once A-Rated at S&P, Oman Now Risks Descending Deeper Into Junk," 21 Apr. 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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