[ik-skloo-siv, -ziv]
  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.
  3. limited to the object or objects designated: exclusive attention to business.
  4. shutting out all others from a part or share: an exclusive right to film the novel.
  5. fashionable; stylish: to patronize only the most exclusive clothing designers.
  6. charging comparatively high prices; expensive: exclusive shops.
  7. noting that in which no others have a share: exclusive information.
  8. single or sole: the exclusive means of communication between two places.
  9. disposed to resist the admission of outsiders to association, intimacy, etc.: an exclusive circle of intimate friends.
  10. admitting only members of a socially restricted or very carefully selected group: an exclusive club.
  11. excluding or tending to exclude or prohibit, as from use or possession: exclusive laws; exclusive restrictions on use of the property.
  12. 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).
  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

1400–50; 1900–05 for def 13; late Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin exclūsīvus. See exclusion, -ive
Related formsex·clu·sive·ly, adverbex·clu·sive·ness, ex·clu·siv·i·ty [eks-kloo-siv-i-tee] /ˌɛks kluˈsɪv ɪ ti/, nounnon·ex·clu·sive, adjectivepre·ex·clu·sive, adjectivepre·ex·clu·sive·ly, adverbsem·i·ex·clu·sive, adjectivesem·i·ex·clu·sive·ly, adverbsem·i·ex·clu·sive·ness, nounul·tra·ex·clu·sive, adjectiveul·tra·ex·clu·sive·ly, adverbul·tra·ex·clu·sive·ness, nounun·ex·clu·sive, adjectiveun·ex·clu·sive·ly, adverbun·ex·clu·sive·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for exclusiveness

Contemporary Examples of exclusiveness

  • But beyond that, it also has an aura about it, a mysticism of exclusiveness, that makes it rather forbidding.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Hostess to the Stars

    A. E. Hotchner

    December 3, 2010

Historical Examples of exclusiveness

  • Each will lose something of his present cocksureness and exclusiveness.

  • These two assertions are by their exclusiveness equally false.

  • Selection and exclusiveness are, of course, out of the question.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • Nothing is further from him than the feeling of exclusiveness.

  • They were shunned, and they had reacted to exclusion by exclusiveness.

British Dictionary definitions for exclusiveness


  1. excluding all else; rejecting other considerations, possibilities, events, etcan exclusive preoccupation with money
  2. belonging to a particular individual or group and to no other; not sharedexclusive rights; an exclusive story
  3. belonging to or catering for a privileged minority, esp a fashionable cliquean exclusive restaurant
  4. (postpositive foll by to) limited (to); found only (in)this model is exclusive to Harrods
  5. single; unique; onlythe exclusive means of transport on the island was the bicycle
  6. separate and incompatiblemutually exclusive principles
  7. (immediately postpositive) not including the numbers, dates, letters, etc, mentioned1980–84 exclusive
  8. (postpositive foll by of) except (for); not taking account (of)exclusive of bonus payments, you will earn this amount
  9. 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
  10. logic (of a disjunction) true if only one rather than both of its component propositions is trueCompare inclusive (def. 5)
  1. 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 exclusiveness



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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