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  1. including or encompassing the stated limit or extremes in consideration or account (usually used postpositively): from 6 to 37 inclusive.
  2. including a great deal, or encompassing everything concerned; comprehensive: an inclusive art form; an inclusive fee.
  3. enclosing; embracing: an inclusive fence.
  4. Grammar. (of the first person plural) including the person or persons spoken to, as we in Shall we dance?Compare exclusive(def 12).
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  1. inclusive of, including; also taking into account: Europe, inclusive of the British Isles, is negotiating new trade agreements.
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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


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2. overall, general, all-encompassing. 3. including, comprising.
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  1. (postpositive foll by of) considered together (with)capital inclusive of profit
  2. (postpositive) including the limits specifiedMonday to Friday inclusive is five days
  3. comprehensive
  4. not excluding any particular groups of peoplean inclusive society
  5. logic (of a disjunction) true if at least one of its component propositions is trueCompare exclusive (def. 10)
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Derived Formsinclusively, adverbinclusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inclusiveness



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

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