Definition of exclusion in English:


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  • 1The process or state of excluding or being excluded.

    ‘drug users are subject to exclusion from the military’
    • ‘Their detention, removal and exclusion from the territory are inconsistent with any or all of those words.’
    • ‘Unable to see the areas themselves, all you have to go on is the circles of exclusion, the difficulties in movement.’
    • ‘No economic system can take the moral high ground when it comes to social and economic exclusion.’
    • ‘He said sanctions which could feature in such a charter would range from detention to permanent exclusion.’
    • ‘I wasn't sure whether the issue was one of social privilege or gender exclusion, or both.’
    • ‘Secondly, their exclusion would not affect the settlement, in terms of the quality or the amount.’
    • ‘The result is lower growth and exclusion for young workers trying to get jobs, get credit, or start their own businesses.’
    • ‘Finally the parties made no submissions either orally or in writing about the business exclusion.’
    • ‘Both sides of this issue reflect the social and geographical exclusion of black people in a discriminatory society.’
    • ‘Reality TV rules and it's supposed to be fun, but in the end all it's about is exclusion and rejection.’
    • ‘Geeks and freaks become what they are negatively, through their exclusion by others.’
    • ‘Caste was not the basis for any exclusion of participation in the political process.’
    • ‘Fascism breeds in poverty and exclusion; it exits democracy and takes up violence when it sees no other option.’
    • ‘They should retain the remit to mobilise and lead the active response to acute poverty and exclusion.’
    • ‘The subjects were selected on the basis of exclusion and inclusion criteria.’
    • ‘Rastafarians were subjected to disdain, harassment and exclusion in Jamaica.’
    • ‘Some people have used exclusion diets and have corrected their arthritis by these means.’
    • ‘This finding may have been due to our exclusion of people over age 65 and those living in remote areas.’
    • ‘The Panel agreed that permanent exclusion would have a highly detrimental effect on him at the present time.’
    • ‘We are here because, whatever our sexuality, we believe that the days of exclusion are numbered.’
    barring, keeping out, debarment, debarring, disbarring, banning, ban, prohibition, embargo
    elimination, ruling out, factoring out
    expulsion, removal, ejection, throwing out
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    1. 1.1An item or risk specifically not covered by an insurance policy or other contract.
      ‘exclusions can be added to your policy’
      • ‘You should shop around, since the level of cover and exclusions vary greatly between providers.’
      • ‘There is low acceptance among general practitioners and patients of recently imposed contract exclusions.’
      • ‘Among the exclusions from cover listed in the Special Conditions is non-accidental pollution.’
      • ‘For example, the paragraph covering exclusions from patentability has not been changed.’
      • ‘In California our homeowner's insurance policy had lengthy earthquake exclusions.’
      • ‘Could you just indicate to us the type of industrial relation issues which the agreement covers and what, if any, are the exclusions?’
      • ‘The service's own insurance coverage against claims by its own employees did not have such exclusions.’
      • ‘For reasons already given, exclusions and disclaimers will pass muster under the statutory law on unfair contract terms.’
      • ‘If you are going away over the bank holiday and arranging travel insurance, don't forget to read all the health exclusions carefully.’
      • ‘The drawbacks to independent acquirers are the fees and exclusions that the seller will have to cover.’
      • ‘However, this was a title protection act and it was written in such a way that its exclusions were greater than what it covered.’
      • ‘The risks are the perils with the exclusions; together they delimit the risks covered.’
      • ‘Some policies have so many exclusions it is virtually impossible to make a claim, and generally, the older the car the greater number of exclusions.’
      • ‘Typically, rates are up, new exclusions may be imposed, and limits may be reduced.’
      • ‘Exclusion criteria related to greater severity of disease or perceived problems with follow-up.’
      • ‘The Defendants also relied on the very wide exclusion of liability under clause 16.9.’
      • ‘I make declarations and sign exclusions of liability.’



/ikˈsklo͞oZH(ə)n/ /ɪkˈskluʒ(ə)n/ /ekˈsklo͞oZH(ə)n/ /ɛkˈskluʒ(ə)n/


    to the exclusion of
    • So as to exclude something specified.

      ‘don't revise a few topics to the exclusion of all others’
      • ‘It focused on military training to the exclusion of virtually all else.’
      • ‘Read the stories below in addition to - not to the exclusion of - all the bad news.’
      • ‘We construe civil marriage to mean the voluntary union of two persons as spouses, to the exclusion of all others.’
      • ‘A self-confessed workaholic, Gielgud was immersed in the world of the theatre to the exclusion of almost everything else.’
      • ‘The focus on that issue to the exclusion of all others exasperates her.’
      • ‘I think it's a mistake to focus on one factor to the exclusion of all others.’
      • ‘Some doctors become so involved with their profession to the exclusion of all else that their family life takes a beating.’
      • ‘If so, the Old Firm would be free to squirrel away to Sky and negotiate their own pay-per-view deals to the exclusion of all the other clubs.’
      • ‘Seriously, the worst result of keeping a weblog would have to be the thing taking over your life, to the exclusion of all else.’
      • ‘There is a legitimate question about the way the media celebrates one female type to the exclusion of all others, but that is not the issue here.’
      • ‘It is one of those awful ironies which can drive to the brink of madness those who are ravenous for Hollywood success to the exclusion of all else.’
      • ‘That is a perfectly normal human motivation but one that is pursued by Leftists more or less to the exclusion of all else.’
      • ‘It doesn't have to consume the time for everybody and to the exclusion of all else.’
      • ‘Every TV news programme covered it to the exclusion of most other things.’
      • ‘I want to be able to focus on that one thing, to the exclusion of all others.’
      • ‘I think the music has a kind of entrancing quality, which makes you focus on it to the exclusion of all else.’
      • ‘All of these, surely, must preoccupy the Prime Minister to the exclusion of almost everything else.’
      • ‘I have always had a strong preference for vocational education myself, but not to the exclusion of all else.’
      • ‘One cannot view one's own team to the exclusion of what the opposition is doing.’
      • ‘Rather, it is the narrow focus on that topic, to the exclusion of civics and history, that troubles him.’


Late Middle English from Latin exclusio(n-), from excludere ‘shut out’ (see exclude).