from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To prevent from entering; keep out; bar.
  • transitive verb To prevent from being included, considered, or accepted; reject.
  • transitive verb To put out; expel.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To shut out; debar from admission or participation; prevent from entering or sharing.
  • To except or reject, as from a privilege or grant, from consideration, etc.
  • To thrust out; eject; extrude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To shut out; to hinder from entrance or admission; to debar from participation or enjoyment; to deprive of; to except; -- the opposite to admit
  • transitive verb To thrust out or eject; to expel.
  • transitive verb (logic) The name given to the third of the “three logical axioms,” so-called, namely, to that one which is expressed by the formula: “Everything is either A or Not-A.” no third state or condition being involved or allowed. See Principle of contradiction, under Contradiction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To bar (someone) from entering; to keep out.
  • verb To expel; to put out.
  • verb law, of evidence To refuse to accept as valid.
  • verb medicine To eliminate from diagnostic consideration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb prevent from being included or considered or accepted
  • verb put out or expel from a place
  • verb lack or fail to include
  • verb prevent from entering; keep out
  • verb prevent from entering; shut out


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English excluden, from Latin exclūdere : ex-, ex- + claudere, to shut.]

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From Latin excludere, from prefix ex- ("out"), + variant form of verb claudere ("close").


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  • Okay, these aren't directly relevant to the case, but they were too cute to exclude from the post:

    Fortune favors the bold Rebecca Tushnet 2009

  • Okay, these aren't directly relevant to the case, but they were too cute to exclude from the post:

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  • Note that the focus here is to exclude from the exceptions documents/materials made purely or primarily for advertising purposes; hence even the most craptacular, irrelevant book on the market today would still qualify for the customs duty exemption, as long as its plot was more than: Kim buys a Coca-cola, opens it, and finds happiness.

    On the Great Book Blockade of 2009 (Updated 7 May) (with BDAP Paper) « BAHAY TALINHAGA 2009

  • Huge, because it will lay down what minimum protection is for domestic workers at the international level; knowing that nationally there are many countries that exclude from the scope of national legislation, domestic workers.

    ILO Seeks Global Support for Domestic Worker Protection 2010

  • "At the end of the day, how much money health insurers are able to exclude from the amount they have to pay on health care will determine whether or not the health law's mandate that more money go to patient care is really enacted," she said.

    Panel close to deciding which costs health insurers can define as beneficial to patients N.C. Aizenman 2010

  • Unless you get jiggy with the Gnostics — which I'd certainly exclude from the Abrahamic traditions around us today — you're not going to square the two.

    A Conundrum 2008

  • Let us not exclude from the discussion the third father of science fiction, a man as inventive of basic tropes and ideas of our genre as Wells, but woefully neglected: Olaf Stapledon.

    MIND MELD: Is Science Fiction Antithetical to Religion? 2008

  • Even core inflation excluding energy and food, which for some reason the Fed does exclude, is going through the roof.

    Easter Lemming Liberal News 2007

  • The underlying analogy is threefold: to consume wine or to abstain from its consumption is to welcome into or exclude from the body politic an outcast which is also to grant or deny representation within a symbolic order.

    Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire 2007

  • How many times did your name exclude you from employment, club membership or staying at a hotel?

    Howie Greene: Dear Bubbe and Zaidy 2008


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  • In addition, exclude means to hatch or give birth to. "After Latin excludere ova. To draw, put or thrust forth from (a receptacle); to hatch (chickens, etc.); also fig.; to give birth to (young), to lay (eggs). Also †of the midwife: To extract. Const. from, out of" (OED).

    January 30, 2012