- not admitting of something else; incompatible: mutually exclusive plans of action.
- omitting from consideration or account (often followed by of): a profit of ten percent, exclusive of taxes.
- limited to the object or objects designated: exclusive attention to business.
- shutting out all others from a part or share: an exclusive right to film the novel.
- fashionable; stylish: to patronize only the most exclusive clothing designers.
- charging comparatively high prices; expensive: exclusive shops.
- noting that in which no others have a share: exclusive information.
- single or sole: the exclusive means of communication between two places.
- disposed to resist the admission of outsiders to association, intimacy, etc.: an exclusive circle of intimate friends.
- admitting only members of a socially restricted or very carefully selected group: an exclusive club.
- excluding or tending to exclude or prohibit, as from use or possession: exclusive laws; exclusive restrictions on use of the property.
- Grammar. (of the first person plural) not including the person or persons spoken to, as we in We'll see you later.Compare inclusive(def 4).
- Journalism. a piece of news, or the reporting of a piece of news, obtained by a newspaper or other news organization, along with the privilege of using it first.
- an exclusive right or privilege: to have an exclusive on providing fuel oil to the area.
Origin of exclusive
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Examples from the Web for exclusive
In the wee hours of Christmas morning, a flight deal was shared in an exclusive Facebook group for urban travelers.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
The future Mr. Vergara—and star of ‘True Blood’ and ‘Magic Mike’ shares some life advice in an exclusive video.
Check out a clip from this exclusive interview with SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace at the 2014 Savannah Film Festival.
One winter night, Posho Wembore sneaked into the exclusive whites-only club of the Hotel Pourquoi Pas?‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
He told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview that there was plenty of middle ground for Catholics and scientists.Even the Pope Isn’t a Hard-Core Creationist
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 28, 2014
The human race, collectively, exclusive of the anthropoid poets.The Devil's Dictionary
This was conceived in the exclusive colonial policy of the time.
This intelligence is exclusive; and I leave you and your readers to draw their own inferences from it.The Mudfog and Other Sketches
The home, cloistered off, exclusive, can hardly be said to exist.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
If the former has not power complete and exclusive, he has none.The Electoral Votes of 1876
David Dudley Field
- excluding all else; rejecting other considerations, possibilities, events, etcan exclusive preoccupation with money
- belonging to a particular individual or group and to no other; not sharedexclusive rights; an exclusive story
- belonging to or catering for a privileged minority, esp a fashionable cliquean exclusive restaurant
- (postpositive foll by to) limited (to); found only (in)this model is exclusive to Harrods
- single; unique; onlythe exclusive means of transport on the island was the bicycle
- separate and incompatiblemutually exclusive principles
- (immediately postpositive) not including the numbers, dates, letters, etc, mentioned1980–84 exclusive
- (postpositive foll by of) except (for); not taking account (of)exclusive of bonus payments, you will earn this amount
- commerce (of a contract, agreement, etc) binding the parties to do business only with each other with respect to a class of goods or services
- logic (of a disjunction) true if only one rather than both of its component propositions is trueCompare inclusive (def. 5)
- an exclusive story; a story reported in only one newspaper
Word Origin and History for exclusive
mid-15c., "so as to exclude," from Medieval Latin exclusivus, from exclus-, past participle stem of excludere (see exclude).
Of monopolies, rights, franchises, etc., from 1760s; of social circles, clubs, etc., "unwilling to admit outsiders," from 1822. Related: Exclusively; exclusiveness.