Definition of expulsion in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspʌlʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of forcing someone to leave an organization: his expulsion from the union [count noun]: a rise in the number of pupil expulsions
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  • Legal rights for parents to appeal against suspension or expulsion from schools have made it more difficult to exclude troublesome students.
  • In the University of the East, 10 student leaders who participated in last semester's protest are now facing a one-year suspension and expulsion from the university.
  • The protests won widespread support despite freezing cold temperatures in many parts of the US and threats of suspension or expulsion from some high school administrators.
1.1The action or process of forcing someone to leave a place: the expulsion of two diplomats from the embassy
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  • Forced expulsion and mass ethnic cleansing were added to the human rights abuse record of torture, disappearance, and assassination.
  • We are not demanding mass expulsions but we're asking that everybody in positions of authority signal that there is a problem.
  • The UN emergency relief co-ordinator warned on Monday that the mass expulsions could lead to a humanitarian crisis.
1.2The action of forcing something out of the body: oxytocin causes expulsion of milk from the lactating mammary gland
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  • Dehydration is common following the farrowing process because the sow has lost body water from the expulsion of birth products.
  • The healer sighed as she slumped, her body exhausted after the expulsion of energy.
  • Vomiting was defined as expulsion of gastric material occurring at least once in the previous 24 hours.



Pronunciation: /ɪkˈspʌlsɪv/
Example sentences
  • Uncontrolled hypertension presents an increased risk of orbital haemorrhage during injection of local anaesthetic and potentially of peroperative suprachoroidal expulsive haemorrhage.
  • Traction should be in line with the pelvic axis and coordinated with maternal expulsive efforts.
  • He was so outraged by what he saw as a sort of angry, expulsive element, that he wanted no truck with it.


Late Middle English: from Latin expulsio(n-), from expellere 'drive out' (see expel).

Words that rhyme with expulsion

avulsion, compulsion, convulsion, emulsion, impulsion, propulsion, repulsion, revulsion

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