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exclusive

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adjective ex·clu·sive \ik-ˈsklü-siv, -ziv\

Definition of exclusive

  1. 1a :  excluding or having power to excludeb :  limiting or limited to possession, control, or use by a single individual or group

  2. 2a :  excluding others from participationb :  snobbishly aloof

  3. 3a :  accepting or soliciting only a socially restricted patronage (as of the upper class)b :  stylish, fashionablec :  restricted in distribution, use, or appeal because of expense

  4. 4a :  single, sole exclusive jurisdictionb :  whole, undivided his exclusive attention

exclusively

adverb

exclusiveness

noun

Examples of exclusive in a Sentence

  1. He belongs to an exclusive club.

  2. She attended an exclusive private school.

  3. one of the city's most exclusive restaurants

  4. They gave their exclusive attention to the job.

Recent Examples of exclusive from the Web

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Did You Know?

In words such as expel, export, and exclusive, the prefix ex- means "out of, outside". Thus, to exclude means basically to close the door in order to keep someone or something out. When the word appears in an advertisement, it's often making an appeal to snobs. An "exclusive" offer is supposedly made to only a few people; not so many years ago, "exclusive" housing developments excluded those of a certain race or color. If a product is being sold exclusively by one store, you won't be able to find it anywhere else. When a newspaper or news show has an exclusive, it's a story that no one else has yet reported. Exclusive's antonym is inclusive; an inclusive policy, an inclusive church, or an inclusive approach is one that aims to include as many people as possible.

First Known Use of exclusive

1515


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exclusive

noun ex·clu·sive

Definition of exclusive

  1. :  something exclusive: such asa :  a news story at first released to or reported by only one sourceb :  an exclusive right (as to sell a particular product in a certain area)

Recent Examples of exclusive from the Web

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First Known Use of exclusive

15th century


EXCLUSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

exclusive

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adjective

Definition of exclusive for English Language Learners

  • : not shared : available to only one person or group

  • : only allowing in people from a high social class

  • : available to only a few people because of high cost

exclusive

noun

Definition of exclusive for English Language Learners

  • : a news story that appears in only one newspaper or that is broadcast by only one television or radio station


EXCLUSIVE Defined for Kids

exclusive

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adjective ex·clu·sive \ik-ˈsklü-siv, -ziv\

Definition of exclusive for Students

  1. 1 :  excluding or trying to exclude others an exclusive neighborhood

  2. 2 :  4sole 2 Residents have exclusive use of the beach.

  3. 3 :  entire, complete Please give me your exclusive attention.

exclusively

adverb

Law Dictionary

exclusive

adjective ex·clu·sive

Legal Definition of exclusive

  1. 1a :  excluding or having power to exclude others exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries — U.S. Constitution art. I b :  being independent from or not shared by others :  sole exclusive control exclusive use

  2. 2 :  limiting or limited to possession, ownership, or use by a single individual or group an exclusive lease



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