self-ex·​clu·​sion ˌself-ik-ˈsklü-zhən How to pronounce self-exclusion (audio)
plural self-exclusions
: the act of excluding oneself from some activity
… the difficulty in determining that the self-exclusion is truly voluntary where it is apparent that attempts to integrate would be rebuffed.Brian Barry
specifically : a formal process by which one may opt to be barred from access to legal gambling activities in a specified area or venue
[Tony] Santo said … they will offer people with gambling addictions the option of "voluntary self-exclusion" from the casino, which staff will then enforce. Dave Lazzarino
often used before another noun
a self-exclusion program
A problem gambler who signs up for the self-exclusion list won't be allowed to enter any of Indiana's casinos. Kristina Buchthal

Examples of self-exclusion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the online betting companies, perhaps unsurprisingly but very unfortunately, have made self-exclusion difficult to accept or use. U.s. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Hartford Courant, 14 Apr. 2024 The kiosks can also be used to identify problem gamblers who enrolled in a self-exclusion initiative. Jordan Pearson, WIRED, 2 May 2024 Consider Self-Exclusion Many states have voluntary self-exclusion programs that allow people to ban themselves from gambling venues, including casinos and racetracks. Joshua St. Clair, Men's Health, 22 Aug. 2023 For those concerned about problem gambling, online lotteries are able to create self-exclusion lists, as well as deposit and spending limits — something that is currently not available with the anonymous purchasing of lottery products at retail locations., 4 May 2023 Here is a list of the Chicago area sites, as well as a list of the self-exclusion sites outside Chicago and in Iowa. Ian Firstenberg, Chicago Tribune, 6 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-exclusion was in 1884

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“Self-exclusion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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