Definition of inclusion in English:



  • 1The action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.

    ‘federal legislation now mandates the inclusion of students who are English language learners’
    • ‘The programme supports measures focused on social inclusion and equal opportunities.’
    • ‘But to foster a sense of community and inclusion, they decided to attach it to the existing building.’
    • ‘I spent the morning working on the new book of poems, selecting, sifting and sorting pieces for inclusion.’
    • ‘Two reviewers independently selected trials for inclusion and exclusion.’
    • ‘They call for our inclusion within the community, but baulk at us having any meaningful role within our own agencies.’
    • ‘A number of pieces out of the union of the resultant lists will then be selected for inclusion in the book.’
    • ‘We each independently selected trials for inclusion in the review.’
    • ‘By defining itself so securely on its own terms, it excluded the rest of the British Isles from inclusion within it.’
    • ‘The one that increased the likelihood the most was selected for inclusion in the model.’
    • ‘Pupils regularly have their poems chosen for inclusion in the Poetry Now competition, which publishes books annually.’
    • ‘This is not so much an offer of inclusion as an insistence upon it.’
    • ‘That this is a party which wishes to base itself upon compassion and inclusion is beyond doubt.’
    • ‘Each child selected for inclusion in the sample was a biological child of the primary respondent.’
    • ‘The author and editors are unable to reply to contributions not selected for inclusion.’
    • ‘This year, the venue has changed, and there are new people selecting the works for inclusion.’
    • ‘Local companies have been selected, where possible, for inclusion in the construction of the new building.’
    • ‘In keeping with the theme of inclusion, every child in the school is involved.’
    • ‘They embrace and build upon the critical importance of diversity and inclusion.’
    • ‘In Victoria, crash statistics are used to select schools for inclusion in the program.’
    • ‘Movements have achieved change by fighting for inclusion within this system.’
    incorporation, addition, insertion, introduction
    involvement, taking in, encompassing
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    1. 1.1A person or thing that is included within a larger group or structure.
      ‘the exhibition features such inclusions as the study of the little girl’
      • ‘Of course, some inclusions are obvious and some baffling.’
      • ‘Freud is interested in what we exclude by our inclusions.’
      • ‘I presume these axiomatic inclusions allow this to be dubbed ‘a novel of ideas’.’
      • ‘What seems to give any flavor more appeal these days is the abundance of inclusions contained within the mix.’
      • ‘The guide has a permanent team of 10 UK inspectors, whose only job is to travel the country and assess potential inclusions.’
      • ‘These inclusions provide important counterweights to this edition's more upbeat contributions.’
      • ‘Happily, there was no sign of a gratuitous inclusion of whisky in any of the recipes.’
      • ‘After the last two controversial inclusions, the pressure was on to deliver something a little more, dare I say, mature.’
      • ‘More to the point were the inclusions that didn't seem to fit with these carefully defined parameters.’
      • ‘As is usually the case, there were surprise inclusions and omissions.’
      • ‘Hands-free phones, phreaking - hacking into phone systems for free calls - and fuzzy logic are all new inclusions.’
      • ‘Psalm 23, which opens this five-section piece, is not an unconsidered inclusion.’
      • ‘She would be an entertaining inclusion in any reality show, even in Britain.’
      • ‘We took four new inclusions and three older words from the Oxford Dictionary, and asked people in Bolton town centre what they meant.’
      • ‘His suggestions for portfolio inclusions makes me realise how little I know about this stuff, but I have managed a few samples so far which are okay.’
      • ‘This eclectic and thought-provoking collection is as noteworthy for its odd inclusions as for its equally bizarre exclusions.’
      • ‘Mr Wallens said planning officers had listed all their objections to the new inclusions in the original draft of the UDP but they had been ignored.’
      • ‘Any suggestions for inclusions gratefully received.’
      • ‘What do they include, and what do they exclude, and will their inclusions and exclusions make them suitable or unsuitable for us?’
      • ‘It tends a little too much towards freakishness, but it's a well-selected inclusion in this context.’
  • 2Biology Geology Metallurgy
    A body or particle recognizably distinct from the substance in which it is embedded.

    • ‘Thus, during laser ablation, the laser beam may penetrate below the thin glassy surface of a grain into small inclusions or phenocryst phases.’
    • ‘Magmatic inclusions in silicic and intermediate volcanic rocks.’
    • ‘At the cores of the aegirine spherulites there typically are inclusions of cubic crystals of villiaumite to 3 cm on edge.’
    • ‘Several small grains of amphibole were seen as inclusions in a plagioclase phenocryst, and one partial grain of resorbed amphibole also was noted.’
    • ‘The composition of these minerals is known from a handful of outcrops containing inclusions of mantle material.’


Early 17th century: from Latin inclusio(n-), from includere shut in.