- 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 exclusivity
The exclusivity of parts of Egypt is a bit ironic, as history has had perhaps no more popular travel destination.The Nile: Where Ancient and Modern Meet
June 21, 2014
As with many places in Washington, the allure of the gym is not its luxury (or lack thereof), but its exclusivity.Where Congressmen Get Buff
June 16, 2011
When caught on camera, he told the other news reporters trying to interview his prized catch: “We have exclusivity!”Dr. Phil McGraw: Six Lawsuits and Scandals
March 17, 2011
Caddyshack, the one I directed, for me was about the exclusivity of country clubs and social-class conflict.Harold Ramis Gets Down to Funny Business
June 18, 2009
Before the fact, everyone was happy to be in on a good thing—especially a good thing with an air of exclusivity.The Brotherhood of Money
January 2, 2009
- 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 exclusivity
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.