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 inclusively

Contemporary Examples of inclusively

  • When I question whether he governed so inclusively as Speaker of the House in the 1990s, he quickly counters.

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    The GOP's New Populists

    John Avlon

    February 13, 2009

Historical Examples of inclusively

British Dictionary definitions for inclusively



(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