Definition of exclusionist in English:



  • Acting to bar someone or something from a place, group, or privilege.

    ‘an exclusionist foreign policy’
    • ‘I don't think this kind of elitist exclusionist behaviour is going to make any difference to anything in the long run.’
    • ‘It definitely feels like the early years of Independence - the first half of the 1990s when everybody was feeling like a true Namibian before partisan politics and exclusionist policies came onto the scene.’
    • ‘We must keep reminding ourselves that the ‘global’ economy is not global at all, but an exclusionist economy.’
    • ‘Over time, this exclusionist policy has become disconnected from its origins; the initial context that gave rise to it have come to have a life of its own, and is accepted as an integral part of the general state of affairs.’
    • ‘As the basic political and institutional protections for unions in Europe are being eroded, some labour unions turn towards more or less exclusionist behaviour against immigrant workers.’
    • ‘Which is not to say that the artists who make theatre don't want people to see their work, but that the predominant mode of performance that we have come to expect from, and accept as, theatre, is an exclusionist one.’
    • ‘They are unwanted here, then, mainly because their skins are darker than those of the exclusionist crowd.’
    • ‘Now doesn't that sound somewhat exclusionist to you?’
    • ‘Many of the texts he analyzes may be adjudged failures when they try simply to adopt the patterns of the frontier story or negative critiques when they demonstrate the exclusionist nature of the story as it has usually been told.’
    • ‘These conflicts rise out of identity movements that construct an enemy ‘other’ and characterise themselves as nationalist even though they are based on exclusionist agendas.’
    • ‘Moreover, the imposition of new tactics to forget-such as the creation of a new language-is followed by exclusionist strategies of displacement for those who refuse to accept these changes.’
    • ‘We find this fact embarrassing and we rush to deny its relevance, or we excuse our exclusionist practices by reminding ourselves, incessantly, ‘at least we are not like the Americans.’’
    • ‘The civil wars of the 1970s and 1980s, though resulting from exclusionist state policies, authoritarianism, and divergent views on the role of the state, fueled group tensions.’
    • ‘An example of this exclusionist sentiment is found in Spencer's report of the Horn expedition of 1894.’
    • ‘Therefore, Morrison is not at odds with the idea of attempting to create an earthly paradise, but with the exclusionist terms in which such an idea is rooted.’


  • A person favouring the exclusion of someone or something from a place, group, or privilege.

    • ‘The exclusionist in religion does not see that he shuts the door of heaven on himself in striving to shut out others.’
    • ‘He inherited his barony at the age of 19 and was an ardent exclusionist, voting Lord Stafford guilty in 1680.’
    • ‘It was upon these grounds, at least on the religious ideological level, that the exclusionists, led by Nehemiah and Ezra, based their attack on mixed marriages.’