[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. exclosure,
  2. excludable,
  3. exclude,
  4. excluded middle,
  5. excluding,
  6. exclusion clause,
  7. exclusion principle,
  8. exclusionary,
  9. exclusionary rule,
  10. exclusionism

Origin of exclusion

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 formsex·clu·sion·ar·y, adjectivenon·ex·clu·sion, nounpre·ex·clu·sion, nounself-ex·clu·sion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for exclusion


/ (ɪkˈskluːʒən) /


the act or an instance of excluding or the state of being excluded
Derived Formsexclusionary, 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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Medicine definitions for exclusion


[ ĭk-sklōōzhən ]


Surgical isolation of a part or segment without removal from the body.

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