Etymology
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deletion (n.)

1580s, "a word or passage deleted;" c. 1600. "act of blotting out or erasing," from Latin deletionem (nominative deletio), noun of action from past-participle stem of delere "destroy, blot out, efface" (see delete).

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Definitions of deletion

deletion (n.)
any process whereby sounds or words are left out of spoken words or phrases;
Synonyms: omission
deletion (n.)
(genetics) the loss or absence of one or more nucleotides from a chromosome;
deletion (n.)
the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage;
an editor's deletions frequently upset young authors
Synonyms: excision / cut
deletion (n.)
the act of deleting something written or printed;
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