What exactly does Exclude From Search Index do?

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In Page Properties > Custom Attributes > Navigation and Indexing, what exactly does "Exclude From Search Index" option do? Is it for disallowing search engine robots to disallow indexing the page?

Do I also have to tick "Exclude From sitemap.xml" when this option is selected?

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exclude from search index removes it from being indexed by the core search functionality. Excluding from sitemap will disallow robots like google from indexing it.