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English noun: deletion

1. deletion (process) any process whereby sounds or words are left out of spoken words or phrases


Broader (hypernym)linguistic process

Narrower (hyponym)aphaeresis, apheresis, aphesis, eclipsis, elision, ellipsis

2. deletion (event) (genetics) the loss or absence of one or more nucleotides from a chromosome

Broader (hypernym)chromosomal mutation, genetic mutation, mutation

Domain categorygenetic science, genetics

3. deletion (communication) the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage

SamplesAn editor's deletions frequently upset young authors.
Both parties agreed on the excision of the proposed clause.

Synonymscut, excision

Broader (hypernym)editing, redaction

4. deletion (act) the act of deleting something written or printed

Broader (hypernym)remotion, removal

Narrower (hyponym)castration, censoring, censorship, erasure, expunction, expunging, expurgation

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