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[ in-kloo-siv ]
/ ɪnˈklu sɪv /


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).


Is “Anti” Actually An Inclusive Term?It might surprise you to know that the negative anti is being hailed as a more inclusive way to talk about groups facing discrimination.

Nearby words

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    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
SYNONYMS FOR inclusive
3 including, comprising.
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inclusively


/ (ɪnˈkluːsɪv) /


(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 inclusively



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper