AskDefine | Define seclusion

Dictionary Definition



1 the quality of being secluded from the presence or view of others [syn: privacy, privateness]
2 the act of secluding yourself from others

User Contributed Dictionary



From < seclusio, from secludere.



  1. The act of secluding, or the state of being secluded; a shutting out or keeping apart, or the state of being shut out, as from company, society, the world, etc.; retirement; privacy; solitude: as, to live in seclusion.
  2. A secluded place.



Extensive Definition

A person, a couple, or a larger group may go to a secluded place for privacy, or because the place is quiet.
In some cases where there are legal, religious or social restrictions on two people having physical intimacy, there may even be such restrictions on just being together in a secluded place. For example, under traditional schools of sharia or Islamic law, a man and a woman who are not married and not mahram, being together in a house, a room, a bathroom, or a secluded place may be forbidden. See also yichud.
Seclusion may be used as a control tactic in psychiatric treatment settings. Seclusion of an agitated person in a quiet room free of stimulation may help de-escalate a situation which may be dangerous to the agitated person or those around him.
Seclusion of a single person is also called solitude.
seclusion in Spanish: Seclusión

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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