[ in-kloo-siv ]
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  1. including or encompassing the stated limit or extremes in consideration or account (usually used after the noun): from May to August inclusive.

  2. including a great deal, or encompassing everything concerned; comprehensive: an inclusive art form;an inclusive fee.

  1. enclosing; embracing: an inclusive fence.

  2. aiming to include and integrate all people and groups in activities, organizations, political processes, etc., especially those who are disadvantaged, have suffered discrimination, or are living with disabilities: inclusive hiring practices;inclusive playgrounds.

  3. relating to or being language or terminology that does not exclude a particular group of people and that avoids bias, stereotypes, etc.: the use of singular “they” as an inclusive, gender-neutral pronoun.

  4. relating to or being educational practices in which students with physical or mental disabilities are taught in regular classrooms and provided with certain accommodations.

  5. Grammar. (of the first person plural) including the person or persons spoken to, as we in Shall we dance?: Compare exclusive (def. 12).

Idioms about inclusive

  1. inclusive of, including; also taking into account: Europe, inclusive of the British Isles, is negotiating new trade agreements.

Origin of inclusive

First recorded in 1400–50; from late Middle English, from Medieval Latin inclūsīvus, equivalent to Latin inclūs(us) + -īvus -ive ; see origin at incluse

Other words for inclusive

Other words from inclusive

  • in·clu·sive·ly, adverb
  • in·clu·sive·ness, noun
  • in·clu·siv·i·ty [in-kloo-siv-i-tee], /ɪnˌkluˈsɪv ɪ ti/, noun
  • non·in·clu·sive, adjective
  • non·in·clu·sive·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-in·clu·sive, adjective
  • qua·si-in·clu·sive·ly, adverb
  • su·per·in·clu·sive, adjective
  • su·per·in·clu·sive·ly, adverb
  • un·in·clu·sive, adjective

Words Nearby inclusive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use inclusive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for inclusive


/ (ɪnˈkluːsɪv) /

  1. (postpositive foll by of) considered together (with): capital inclusive of profit

  2. (postpositive) including the limits specified: Monday to Friday inclusive is five days

  1. comprehensive

  2. not excluding any particular groups of people: an inclusive society

  3. logic (of a disjunction) true if at least one of its component propositions is true: Compare exclusive (def. 10)

Derived forms of inclusive

  • inclusively, adverb
  • inclusiveness, noun

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