Definition of exclude in English:



  • 1 Deny (someone) access to or bar (someone) from a place, group, or privilege.

    ‘women had been excluded from many scientific societies’
    • ‘The 42-year-old launched an appeal in a bid to save his burgeoning new career, knowing that it would effectively be over if he was excluded from premises licensed by the Jockey Club.’
    • ‘If you are suddenly excluded from departmental meetings and passed over for work usually assigned to you, the likelihood is that somebody somewhere has already decided to remove you from the loop.’
    • ‘As already mentioned, he was excluded from Whitton High School by letter from the Head Teacher.’
    • ‘But this time, he was excluded from the debates.’
    • ‘So for very many years there was a debate that this is unequal, because females are excluded from inheritance.’
    • ‘You are excluded from the United Kingdom at the personal direction of the Secretary of State.’
    • ‘But, again, I personally don't believe that the way to bring about the changes that are desired is by excluding military recruiters from campus, as opposed to trying to change the law.’
    • ‘As we saw above, early migrants were largely excluded from access to public housing by complex residence and qualification rules.’
    • ‘There will always be those who would prefer to keep the European Union an exclusive club, but we have more to gain from including new eager members than from excluding them.’
    • ‘Those bookstores provided a valuable service but also served as a reminder that we were excluded from the straight community in many ways.’
    • ‘Curiously, the need to own a credit or debit card means they'll automatically be excluding an enormous segment of the online, music-loving audience, the under-18s.’
    • ‘Duerksen said he is excluded from the rights and privileges of a Member of Parliament because he simply does not meet the definition of an MP.’
    • ‘Now, remember the ‘economic exclusion’ argument: Cincinnati's racist power structure is excluding hordes of qualified young black men.’
    • ‘Not for long can he be excluded from the leadership of processes that increasingly steer themselves toward his interest, and that of the people in his immediate command.’
    • ‘Yet some complain that despite government funding and a well-intentioned bureaucracy, co-ops are free to exclude any resident they consider undesirable.’
    • ‘Immediately after scoring a brilliant 158 in the fifth and final test against Australia, he was excluded from the England team to tour South Africa - apparently because of his race.’
    • ‘Everyone feels lonely sometimes - after a break-up with a friend or lover, when we move to a new place, when we are excluded from some social gathering.’
    • ‘Because men favor men, and hence, men get the high-profile extra assignments that I am excluded from.’
    • ‘Frankly, we find it hard to accept that either of the reasons put forward by your clients amounts to the real reason why Mr Wilson was excluded from the Folkestone Police Station.’
    • ‘As a eunuch he was excluded from the inner parts of the temple.’
    keep out, deny access to, shut out, debar, disbar, bar, ban, prohibit, put an embargo on, embargo
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    1. 1.1Keep (something) out of a place.
      ‘apply flux to exclude oxygen’
      • ‘There aren't that many ways of making a fire go out - you can put water on it to cool it down, or you can use some other gas to exclude the oxygen.’
      • ‘They migrate throughout the enclosed space, forming an invisible barrier on metal surfaces which excludes the moisture and oxygen which are responsible for corrosion.’
      • ‘The second phase will favour non-military means, without entirely excluding the military option.’
      • ‘Most importantly we'd recommend consulting a medical practitioner or dietitian before excluding any major food group like dairy from the diet.’
      • ‘They changed the definition of an institution to exclude these schools and homes for young juvenile offenders.’
      • ‘While the language of standards encourages Americans to view physical education as unnecessary, the long-term financial cost to the nation of excluding it demand that it be preserved.’
      • ‘To exclude religious schools from these programs, as some liberals propose, would not be neutral - it would be a form of active discrimination against religion.’
      • ‘They also did take him to task for excluding data from 1774-1776 but in his response, Bellesiles does seem to give a cogent response as to why he excluded the data.’
      • ‘It is important to note that normal resting oxygenation does not exclude exertional or nocturnal oxygen desaturation.’
      • ‘The Report indicates that by excluding this water, capacity could be created for new industrial and housing developments prior to the laying of new sewers and a new treatment works.’
      • ‘He is hoping that it will adjust the electricity market which, he believes, concentrates too closely on price while largely excluding the methods of production.’
      • ‘To create generic strategies that were independent of the topic of a review, we excluded terms that would apply exclusively to a given purpose.’
      • ‘In contrast, Bermuda's papers almost never do, preferring to confine the foreign news deep inside the paper (and almost entirely excluding it from radio bulletins).’
      • ‘If there are other considerations. like custody disputes or court wardship, then the school should make sure they are not put at risk of identification by excluding them from press coverage, including photographs.’
      • ‘Protection of the molten alloy using either a flux or a protective gas cover to exclude oxygen is therefore necessary.’
      • ‘‘It excludes oxygen, so the propellant is breathed in instead,’ he said.’
      • ‘Chances are that you or someone you know is faced with the gruelling task of excluding it from his or her diet - wheat.’
    2. 1.2Remove from consideration; rule out.
      ‘computer software is excluded from the mandatory 15-year write-off’
      • ‘If affordable housing is to be made available in this community, no options should be excluded without careful consideration.’
      • ‘This could mean flights between two states within Europe, but that possibility has seemingly been excluded by the category of intra-European flights.’
      • ‘This possibility cannot be completely excluded.’
      • ‘The possibility cannot be excluded that measurements at earlier or later time points might have revealed some differences attributable to the supplementation.’
      • ‘And I'm naturally excluding from consideration those who have abused within the statute of limitations and so should be locked up.’
      • ‘When asked whether he thought the men could be imprisoned in South Africa, he said the possibility could not be excluded.’
      • ‘All of these possibilities must be excluded before the diagnosis of sick sinus syndrome can be made.’
      • ‘The secretary may decide to exclude schools not adhering to the deadline.’
      • ‘However, the possibility cannot be excluded that he is mistaken about this.’
      • ‘Current data limitations such as the small size of the population mean the possibility of a small increased risk cannot be excluded.’
      • ‘Since these were hyperfunctioning, carcinoma could be excluded with considerable confidence.’
      • ‘The global economy, dominated by transnational companies and international financial markets, excludes such a possibility.’
      • ‘Once those 15 were excluded, only two possibilities were left in parliament.’
      • ‘Hence, we include this treatment to further highlight features that tend to narrow discussion and prematurely exclude working hypotheses from consideration.’
      • ‘The prosecution are unable to exclude the very real possibility that somebody else came across him lying injured and delivered the fatal blow.’
      • ‘On the flip side, an auditor is punished, in a sense, for being diligent by excluding himself from consideration for certain good jobs.’
      • ‘A medical system that excludes from consideration notions of the mystical, occult, spiritual, or religious will never be entirely satisfying to many.’
      • ‘So although this possibility cannot be excluded, it does not seem an entirely adequate explanation.’
      • ‘Some of the possibilities can be excluded on the grounds that they are too far-fetched to be taken seriously.’
      eliminate, rule out, factor out
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    3. 1.3Prevent the occurrence of; preclude.
      ‘clauses seeking to exclude liability for loss or damage’
      • ‘That clause excludes liability for loss and nuisance caused by environmental pollution except when it arises from a sudden event which is unintentional and unforeseen.’
      • ‘This possible bias casts doubt on the conclusion by Danesh et al that a strong association can be excluded.’
      • ‘We cannot exclude further occurrences of outbreaks in poultry and other birds in other areas of the European Union.’
      • ‘Chronic parasitic infection can be sought and excluded by microscopic examination of the stools.’
      • ‘Fourthly, the contract may contain exclusion clauses by virtue of which one party seeks to exclude or restrict a liability which he would otherwise owe to the other.’
      • ‘Active tuberculosis must be excluded before beginning preventive therapy.’
      eliminate, rule out, factor out
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  • law (or principle) of the excluded middle

    • The principle that one (and one only) of two contradictory propositions must be true.

      • ‘In 1913 Lesniewski published an article on the law of the excluded middle, then in the following year a publication on Russell's paradox.’
      • ‘This is likely because in logic a paradox is going to be translated as a strict contradiction - a clear violation of the law of the excluded middle.’
      • ‘One way in particular that this influence was exerted was over the law of the excluded middle.’
      • ‘It seems a pretty harmless conclusion to draw, and formally it depends upon the Aristotelian law of the excluded middle: there is no middle term between at home and not at home.’
      • ‘As well, the primary thesis in that thread was that any & all dichotomies have an identical structure that is based on the principle of the excluded middle: A or not A.’
      • ‘In his Hamburg lecture in 1921, Hilbert first presented the idea of using choice functions to deal with the principle of the excluded middle in a formal system for arithmetic.’


Late Middle English: from Latin excludere, from ex- out + claudere to shut.