exclusion

An exclusion is an instance of leaving something or someone out. If you love someone to the exclusion of all others, he or she is the only one for you!

Exclusion is closely related to some words that have a positive or negative feel. The word exclusive implies something is high-end, desirable, and not for ordinary people. If someone is excluded, on the other hand, it means that someone has been deliberately and painfully left out. Exclusion is more neutral. The department store that advertises a big sale often states at the bottom of the ad that "some exclusions apply," meaning the discounts don't apply to all items.

Definitions of exclusion
  1. noun
    a deliberate act of omission
    synonyms: elision, exception
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    type of:
    omission
    neglecting to do something; leaving out or passing over something
  2. noun
    the state of being excluded
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    Antonyms:
    inclusion
    the state of being included
    types:
    Coventry, banishment, ostracism
    the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent)
    debarment
    the state of being debarred (excluded from enjoying certain possessions or rights or practices)
    type of:
    situation, state of affairs
    the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time
  3. noun
    the state of being excommunicated
    synonyms: censure, excommunication
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    type of:
    rejection
    the state of being rejected
  4. noun
    the act of forcing out someone or something
    synonyms: ejection, expulsion, riddance
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    defenestration
    the act of throwing someone or something out of a window
    deportation
    the expulsion of a non-citizen from a country
    ostracism
    the act of excluding someone from society by general consent
    barring, blackball
    the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto
    ouster, ousting
    the act of ejecting someone or forcing them out
    deposition, dethronement
    the act of deposing someone; removing a powerful person from a position or office
    type of:
    banishment, proscription
    rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
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