Definition of exclusion in US English:



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

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


  • to the exclusion of

    • So as to exclude something specified.

      ‘don't revise a few topics to the exclusion of all others’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rather, it is the narrow focus on that topic, to the exclusion of civics and history, that troubles him.’
      • ‘I think the music has a kind of entrancing quality, which makes you focus on it to the exclusion of all else.’
      • ‘It doesn't have to consume the time for everybody and 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.’
      • ‘The focus on that issue to the exclusion of all others exasperates her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Every TV news programme covered it to the exclusion of most other things.’
      • ‘Seriously, the worst result of keeping a weblog would have to be the thing taking over your life, 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.’
      • ‘Read the stories below in addition to - not to the exclusion of - all the bad news.’
      • ‘A self-confessed workaholic, Gielgud was immersed in the world of the theatre to the exclusion of almost everything else.’
      • ‘I want to be able to focus on that one thing, 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.’
      • ‘One cannot view one's own team to the exclusion of what the opposition is doing.’
      • ‘I think it's a mistake to focus on one factor to the exclusion of all others.’
      • ‘It focused on military training to the exclusion of virtually all else.’
      • ‘We construe civil marriage to mean the voluntary union of two persons as spouses, to the exclusion of all others.’


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