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inclusive

[in-kloo-siv] /ɪnˈklu sɪv/
adjective
1.
including or encompassing the stated limit or extremes in consideration or account (usually used postpositively):
from 6 to 37 inclusive.
2.
including a great deal, or encompassing everything concerned; comprehensive:
an inclusive art form; an inclusive fee.
3.
enclosing; embracing:
an inclusive fence.
4.
Grammar. (of the first person plural) including the person or persons spoken to, as we in Shall we dance?
Compare exclusive (def 12).
Idioms
5.
inclusive of, including; also taking into account:
Europe, inclusive of the British Isles, is negotiating new trade agreements.
Origin of inclusive
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin inclūsīvus, equivalent to Latin inclūs(us) (see incluse) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
inclusively, adverb
inclusiveness, noun
noninclusive, adjective
noninclusively, adverb
noninclusiveness, noun
quasi-inclusive, adjective
quasi-inclusively, adverb
superinclusive, adjective
superinclusively, adverb
superinclusiveness, noun
uninclusive, adjective
Synonyms
2. overall, general, all-encompassing. 3. including, comprising.
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  • The season for oysters is from September to April, inclusive.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • A detailed breakdown of these will also be found on pages 1035 to 1267 inclusive.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • The composition of these numerals from twelve to nineteen inclusive is easily seen.

  • Earlier in the day—at eleven o'clock, say—the talk was not so general nor so inclusive.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • Numbers Five to Nine, inclusive, were neither productive nor eventful.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for inclusive

inclusive

/ɪnˈkluːsɪv/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) foll by of. considered together (with): capital inclusive of profit
2.
(postpositive) including the limits specified: Monday to Friday inclusive is five days
3.
comprehensive
4.
not excluding any particular groups of people: an inclusive society
5.
(logic) (of a disjunction) true if at least one of its component propositions is true Compare exclusive (sense 10)
Derived Forms
inclusively, adverb
inclusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inclusive
adj.

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin inclusivus, from Latin inclus-, past participle stem of includere (see include). Related: Inclusively; inclusiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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