[ ik-skloo-siv, -ziv ]
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  1. not admitting of something else; incompatible: mutually exclusive plans of action.

  2. omitting from consideration or account (often followed by of): a profit of ten percent, exclusive of taxes.

  1. limited to the object or objects designated: exclusive attention to business.

  2. shutting out all others from a part or share: an exclusive right to film the novel.

  3. fashionable; stylish: to patronize only the most exclusive clothing designers.

  4. charging comparatively high prices; expensive: exclusive shops.

  5. noting that in which no others have a share: exclusive information.

  6. single or sole: the exclusive means of communication between two places.

  7. disposed to resist the admission of outsiders to association, intimacy, etc.: an exclusive circle of intimate friends.

  8. admitting only members of a socially restricted or very carefully selected group: an exclusive club.

  9. excluding or tending to exclude or prohibit, as from use or possession: exclusive laws;exclusive restrictions on use of the property.

  10. 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. 7).

  1. 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.

  2. an exclusive right or privilege: to have an exclusive on providing fuel oil to the area.

Origin of exclusive

First recorded in 1400–50; 1900–05 for def. 13; (adjective) late Middle English from Medieval Latin exclūsīvus; see exclusion, -ive

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Other words from exclusive

  • ex·clu·sive·ly, adverb
  • ex·clu·siv·i·ty [eks-kloo-siv-i-tee], /ˌɛks kluˈsɪv ɪ ti/, ex·clu·sive·ness, noun
  • non·ex·clu·sive, adjective
  • pre·ex·clu·sive, adjective
  • sem·i·ex·clu·sive, adjective
  • ul·tra·ex·clu·sive, adjective
  • un·ex·clu·sive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for exclusive


/ (ɪkˈskluːsɪv) /

  1. excluding all else; rejecting other considerations, possibilities, events, etc: an exclusive preoccupation with money

  2. belonging to a particular individual or group and to no other; not shared: exclusive rights; an exclusive story

  1. belonging to or catering for a privileged minority, esp a fashionable clique: an exclusive restaurant

  2. (postpositive foll by to) limited (to); found only (in): this model is exclusive to Harrods

  3. single; unique; only: the exclusive means of transport on the island was the bicycle

  4. separate and incompatible: mutually exclusive principles

  5. (immediately postpositive) not including the numbers, dates, letters, etc, mentioned: 1980–84 exclusive

  6. (postpositive foll by of) except (for); not taking account (of): exclusive of bonus payments, you will earn this amount

  7. 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

  8. logic (of a disjunction) true if only one rather than both of its component propositions is true: Compare inclusive (def. 5)

  1. an exclusive story; a story reported in only one newspaper

Derived forms of exclusive

  • exclusively, adverb
  • exclusivity (ˌɛkskluːˈsɪvɪtɪ) or exclusiveness, noun

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