- 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 excluding
There was no way to test blood for HIV, and excluding gays was a prudent move.The Outrageous Celibacy Requirement for Gay Blood Donors
November 22, 2014
Excluding gays from secular marriage does not raise a federal question.All The Wrong Reasons to Ban Gay Unions
November 7, 2014
There have been certain exceptions, but the policy is tilted heavily to excluding Sikhs because of their beards and turbans.
As Rajdeep Singh noted, excluding Sikhs from the NYPD is counterproductive to the very idea of community-based policing.
There are 11,000 Americans killed by gun violence every year, excluding suicides.What We Didn’t Learn After Newtown
December 8, 2013
The policy of excluding the coasting trade from the measure he also condemned.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
There were twenty mercenaries all told, excluding Fortunio and himself.St. Martin's Summer
A wife may will her property to whom she pleases, excluding her husband from all share.
He counted fourteen feet, including his wife's and excluding his own.In a Little Town
But by the excluded I mean that which will some day be the excluding.The Book of the Damned
- 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 excluding
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