from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or practice of excluding.
- n. The condition or fact of being excluded.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of excluding, or of shutting out, whether by thrusting out or by preventing admission; a debarring; rejection; prohibition; the state of being excluded.
- n. The act of expelling or ejecting a fetus or an egg from the womb.
- n. Thing emitted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of excluding or shutting out; a debarring; non-admission.
- n. Non-inclusion or non-reception; exception.
- n. In logic, the relation of two terms each of which is totally denied of the other. Thus, animal and plant stand to each other in a relation of exclusion, provided it is true that no animal is a plant.
- n. The act of thrusting out or expelling; ejection; extrusion.
- n. That which is emitted or thrown out; excretion.
- n. A method in the theory of numbers invented by Frenicle de Bessy, and now forgotten.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a deliberate act of omission
- n. the state of being excommunicated
- n. the state of being excluded
- n. the act of forcing out someone or something
Middle English exclusioun, from Latin exclūsiō, exclūsiōn-, from exclūsus, past participle of exclūdere, to shut; see exclude.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exclusionem, from excludere. (Wiktionary)