[ik-skloo-siv, -ziv]



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.

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 exclusivity

Contemporary Examples of exclusivity

  • The exclusivity of parts of Egypt is a bit ironic, as history has had perhaps no more popular travel destination.

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    The Nile: Where Ancient and Modern Meet

    William O’Connor

    June 21, 2014

  • As with many places in Washington, the allure of the gym is not its luxury (or lack thereof), but its exclusivity.

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    Where Congressmen Get Buff

    Patricia Murphy

    June 16, 2011

  • When caught on camera, he told the other news reporters trying to interview his prized catch: “We have exclusivity!”

  • Caddyshack, the one I directed, for me was about the exclusivity of country clubs and social-class conflict.

  • Before the fact, everyone was happy to be in on a good thing—especially a good thing with an air of exclusivity.

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    The Brotherhood of Money

    Daphne Merkin

    January 2, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for exclusivity



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


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 exclusivity

1926, from exclusive + -ity.



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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