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[ik-skloo-zhuh-niz-uh m]
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  1. the principle, policy, or practice of exclusion, as from rights or privileges.
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Origin of exclusionism

First recorded in 1840–50; exclusion + -ism
Related formsex·clu·sion·ist, ex·clu·sion·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for exclusionist

Historical Examples

  • The exclusionist in religion does not see that he shuts the door of heaven on himself in striving to shut out others.

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    Matthew Arnold

  • He had distinguished himself in the late reign as a Whig and an Exclusionist.

  • He represents a still more antique orthodoxy, or is an exclusionist of the old type, still holding out against even meteorites.

  • The exclusionist in religion does not see that he shuts the door of heaven on himself, in striving to shut out others.

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    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • In the sight of a jury of country squires no Exclusionist was likely to find favour.

British Dictionary definitions for exclusionist


  1. mainly US denoting or relating to a policy of excluding various types of immigrants, imports, etc
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  1. a supporter of a policy of exclusion
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Derived Formsexclusionism, noun
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