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exclusive

[ ik-skloo-siv, -ziv ]
/ ɪkˈsklu sɪv, -zɪv /
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adjective

noun

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.

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exclusion principle, exclusionary, exclusionary rule, exclusionism, exclusionist, exclusive, exclusive brethren, exclusive disjunction, exclusive economic zone, exclusive or, exclusive or circuit

Origin of exclusive

1400–50; 1900–05 for def 13; late Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin exclūsīvus. See exclusion, -ive
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exclusive

/ (ɪkˈskluːsɪv) /

adjective

noun

an exclusive story; a story reported in only one newspaper
Derived Formsexclusively, adverbexclusivity (ˌɛkskluːˈsɪvɪtɪ) or exclusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for exclusive

exclusive


adj.

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.

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