including or encompassing the stated limit or extremes in consideration or account (usually used postpositively): from 6 to 37 inclusive.
including a great deal, or encompassing everything concerned; comprehensive: an inclusive art form; an inclusive fee.
enclosing; embracing: an inclusive fence.
Grammar. (of the first person plural) including the person or persons spoken to, as we in Shall we dance?Compare exclusive(def 12).


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

Origin of inclusive

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin inclūsīvus, equivalent to Latin inclūs(us) (see incluse) + -īvus -ive
Related formsin·clu·sive·ly, adverbin·clu·sive·ness, nounnon·in·clu·sive, adjectivenon·in·clu·sive·ly, adverbnon·in·clu·sive·ness, nounqua·si-in·clu·sive, adjectivequa·si-in·clu·sive·ly, adverbsu·per·in·clu·sive, adjectivesu·per·in·clu·sive·ly, adverbsu·per·in·clu·sive·ness, nounun·in·clu·sive, adjective

Synonyms for inclusive

2. overall, general, all-encompassing. 3. including, comprising. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inclusive

Contemporary Examples of inclusive

Historical Examples of inclusive

  • The season for oysters is from September to April, inclusive.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • A detailed breakdown of these will also be found on pages 1035 to 1267 inclusive.

    Arm of the Law

    Harry Harrison

  • The composition of these numerals from twelve to nineteen inclusive is easily seen.

  • Earlier in the day—at eleven o'clock, say—the talk was not so general nor so inclusive.


    Edna Ferber

  • Numbers Five to Nine, inclusive, were neither productive nor eventful.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for inclusive



(postpositive foll by of) considered together (with)capital inclusive of profit
(postpositive) including the limits specifiedMonday to Friday inclusive is five days
not excluding any particular groups of peoplean inclusive society
logic (of a disjunction) true if at least one of its component propositions is trueCompare exclusive (def. 10)
Derived Formsinclusively, adverbinclusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inclusive

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin inclusivus, from Latin inclus-, past participle stem of includere (see include). Related: Inclusively; inclusiveness.

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