- to shut or keep out; prevent the entrance of.
- to shut out from consideration, privilege, etc.: Employees and their relatives were excluded from participation in the contest.
- to expel and keep out; thrust out; eject: He was excluded from the club for infractions of the rules.
Origin of exclude
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin exclūdere to shut out, cut off, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -clūdere (combining form of claudere to close)
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Examples from the Web for excludes
It excludes children and families of minority faiths and beliefs and creates a hostile environment for them.The Louisiana Public School Cramming Christianity Down Students’ Throats
January 26, 2014
“It does strike the language that excludes HIV, but you have to look at the rest of the language of the bill,” Hunt said.Kansas Quarantine Bill Has HIV/AIDS Advocates Up in Arms
April 2, 2013
Instead, it excludes and punishes people who seek only to live as conservatives would urge them to live.David Frum: Why I Signed the Republican Brief Supporting Gay Marriage
February 27, 2013
His voter base expects him to follow through and demand a government that excludes the ultra-Orthodox parties.Obama Complicates Netanyahu’s Coalition Talks
J. J. Goldberg
February 7, 2013
The amended law also excludes political parties in existence less than five years from participating in elections.Obama, Congo Needs You Now
May 10, 2011
He excludes "the insolence of office," and "the cutpurse of the empire and the rule."
For one is conceived as one, in a sense which excludes all predicates.Parmenides
It is my favourite scientific game; indeed, excludes every other.A Pair of Blue Eyes
It excludes citizens from any participation in foreign affairs.The Psychology of Nations
The inner church, as is fitting, excludes all worldly elements.New Italian sketches
John Addington Symonds
- to keep out; prevent from entering
- to reject or not consider; leave out
- to expel forcibly; eject
- to debar from school, either temporarily or permanently, as a form of punishment
C14: from Latin exclūdere, from claudere to shut
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Word Origin and History for excludes
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