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What does exclusive mean?
Exclusive is most commonly used to describe things that are limited to certain people.
Exclusive can be thought of as an adjective form of the verb exclude, which means to shut out or keep out—the opposite of include. It can be applied in many different contexts, but almost all of them have to do with there being a limit on something, especially on how many people have access to something.
Exclusive can also be used as a noun referring to something that is available from only one place, especially a news story that is only being reported by a particular news organization or a product that is only being offered by one store.
Example: The highly exclusive event was only for A-list celebrities, but they let Ryan Reynolds in for some reason.
Where does exclusive come from?
Exclusive has been used in English since at least the 1400s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb exclūdere, which means “to shut out” or “to close off” and is formed from the parts ex-, meaning “out” and clūdere, meaning “to close.”
Exclusive has many different shades of meaning, but almost all of them relate to the idea of limiting things, shutting people out, or keeping things separate. It can mean “incompatible,” as in pain and happiness are mutually exclusive. It often means “limited to certain people,” as in an exclusive offer for our top customers or an exclusive resort. Clubs are exclusive if they only let certain people in. The word is often associated with fashion, especially things that are expensive and not available to a lot of people, as in exclusive boutiques. Sometimes an object can be described as exclusive without specifying the limitations involved, as in invitations to that party are very exclusive—meaning they’re very limited and selectively given.
Another common way that exclusive is used is to describe things that are only available to one person, or in one way, or through one provider, as in exclusive information or exclusive rights to the screenplay. This sense often gets turned into a noun. A news story that is only being provided by a single outlet can be called an exclusive, meaning it’s a story no one else has reported on or one that no one else has the right to pursue or publish, such as an interview with a public figure.
The opposite of exclusive is inclusive, and the two terms are often used in discussions of how organizations and groups can be less exclusive and more inclusive.
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- exclusively (adverb)
- exclusivity (noun)
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How is exclusive used in real life?
Exclusive is often used to make things sound special and exciting, so you’ll see it used a lot in advertising and marketing.
The Hotel Royal is one of the most exclusive resorts in the world, magnificently nestled in a 47-acre park on Lake Geneva http://ow.ly/3iNle
— Leading Hotels (@LeadingHotels) December 2, 2010
More women in parliament please, to make it less exclusive and more inclusive. #useyourvote because it's your voice. @5050Parliament
— Annie Broadbent (@womeninwork) May 5, 2015
This Valentine's Day, we will call you up during dinner and pretend you're a high net worth client.
Contact your account manager for this exclusive offer.
— The Charlatan Group (@CharlatanGroup) February 3, 2020
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Last year, Honda became the exclusive automotive sponsor for pro esports team Team Liquid, which came third overall in the Championship.‘A credible voice’: Why Honda is doubling down on esports|Lara O'Reilly|September 16, 2020|Digiday
They’re always either exclusive to NTWRK, created in collaboration with the company, or are first to market on the platform.‘Our goal is to become a massive marketplace’: NTWRK is bringing livestream commerce to a younger generation|Kayleigh Barber|September 14, 2020|Digiday
So join us as we bring you exclusive, multipartisan, global coverage of this wild election from now until whenever it ends.Sunday Magazine: The Deciders|Daniel Malloy|September 13, 2020|Ozy
The stock truly took off when the company announced its $100 million acquisition of exclusive rights to popular interview podcast the Joe Rogan Experience on May 19.Spotify’s value jumped after buying the “Joe Rogan Experience”|Dan Kopf|September 11, 2020|Quartz
The six-episode docuseries of Paltrow’s wellness and “contextual commerce” empire, Goop, has been renewed, according to an exclusive report by Variety.Gwyneth Paltrow’s pseudoscience Goop series renewed on Netflix|Beth Mole|September 11, 2020|Ars Technica
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|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The future Mr. Vergara—and star of ‘True Blood’ and ‘Magic Mike’ shares some life advice in an exclusive video.Who Is Joe Manganiello? Sofia Vergara’s Fiancé on the Value of Hard Work|The Daily Beast Video|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Check out a clip from this exclusive interview with SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace at the 2014 Savannah Film Festival.Who Is Joe Manganiello? Sofia Vergara’s Fiancé on the Value of Hard Work|The Daily Beast Video|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But fun and insight are not always mutually exclusive, certainly not here.The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014|William O’Connor|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This has a warm though a thin soil, which must be highly favorable to the Vine to induce so exclusive a devotion to it.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
If it continues the same we can continue to sink 20 fathoms per month, exclusive of the time it will take to fix the lifts.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
He turned into this, to where his aunt lived some distance out in the most exclusive part of its residence section.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
If exclusive authority to issue the call is vested in the directors, it cannot be exercised by the president and secretary.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
Altogether, we counted some seventy-odd thousand dollars, exclusive of the gold-dust in the sacks.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair