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[ik-spuhl-shuh n] /ɪkˈspʌl ʃən/
the act of driving out or expelling:
expulsion of air.
the state of being expelled:
The prisoner's expulsion from society embittered him.
Origin of expulsion
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin expulsiōn- (stem of expulsiō), equivalent to expuls(us) driven out (past participle of expellere to expel) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonexpulsion, noun
reexpulsion, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for expulsion
  • expulsion means a student is never permitted to return, while dismissal means a student may reapply after a specified period.
  • One big question raised by the new study is whether any life could survive expulsion from its planetary clan.
  • Many families had been abruptly separated during the chaos of expulsion.
  • Secrecy violators can be punished with fines, loss of seniority and even expulsion.
  • Entering law students are told outright that cheating will result in expulsion.
  • Water is reabsorbed into the body while the feces are moved into the rectum to await expulsion.
  • The first is that repression, expulsion and restrictions on free speech do little to end terrorism.
  • The feces are moved into the rectum to await expulsion.
  • Contractual clauses call for termination and expulsion from the project in case of material breach.
  • expulsion is out of balance, especially when you consider that other law breakers are allowed to stay.
British Dictionary definitions for expulsion


the act of expelling or the fact or condition of being expelled
Word Origin
C14: from Latin expulsiō a driving out, from expellere to expel
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Word Origin and History for expulsion

c.1400, from Old French expulsion, from Latin expulsionem (nominative expropriatio), noun of action from past participle stem of expellere "drive out" (see expel).

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