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[ik-skloo-zhuh n] /ɪkˈsklu ʒən/
an act or instance of excluding.
the state of being excluded.
Physiology. a keeping apart; blocking of an entrance.
Origin of exclusion
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin exclūsiōn- (stem of exclūsiō), equivalent to exclūs(us) (past participle of exclūdere to shut out; see exclude) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
exclusionary, adjective
nonexclusion, noun
preexclusion, noun
self-exclusion, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exclusion
  • He was later told that his exclusion was based on terrorism-related grounds.
  • But the effort has expanded to the point that almost any form of social exclusion is now seen to be equivalent to racism.
  • Social exclusion means different things to different people.
  • Nowadays, the exclusion zone is forbidden territory.
  • The rats continuously press the bar, to the exclusion of food and water, until they drop.
  • Second, exclusion raises social and political tensions.
  • Thousands more are shuttled into the so-called exclusion zone to work on the gradual powering down of the plant.
  • There is a strong demand for participation and an end to exclusion.
  • Inculcate a personal philosophy that allows you to focus on the project at hand to the exclusion of all other distractions.
  • The objection is whether the power of exclusion is being applied equally, and indeed whether it could ever be.
British Dictionary definitions for exclusion


the act or an instance of excluding or the state of being excluded
Derived Forms
exclusionary, adjective
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Word Origin and History for exclusion

c.1400, from Latin exclusionem (nominative exclusio), noun of action from past participle stem of excludere (see exclude).

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exclusion in Medicine

exclusion ex·clu·sion (ĭk-sklōō'zhən)
Surgical isolation of a part or segment without removal from the body.

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