ex·​clu·​siv·​i·​ty | \ ˌek-ˌsklü-ˈsi-və-tē How to pronounce exclusivity (audio) , ik-, -ˈzi- \
plural exclusivities

Definition of exclusivity

1 : the quality or state of being exclusive
2 : exclusive rights or services

Examples of exclusivity in a Sentence

a symbol of wealth and exclusivity
Recent Examples on the Web Reached for comment, Peter Reeslev, the chief executive of Cryos, insisted that a Cryos donor could not have signed up without being aware of the exclusivity clause. New York Times, "The Case of the Serial Sperm Donor," 1 Feb. 2021 Theater operators, meanwhile, are keen to preserve exclusivity to entice customers to go out, fill seats and buy popcorn. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "How one bold decision made 'Trolls World Tour' the most important movie of 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 How does that apply to fashion, an industry so rooted in exclusivity and competition? Emily Farra, Vogue, "Stella McCartney, Burberry, and Kering Forge a New Kind of Sustainable Partnership," 22 Jan. 2021 To play a Warner film with no exclusivity, AMC initially demanded up to 80 percent of revenue from ticket sales, according to two people briefed on the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private talks. New York Times, "Can a Brash Executive in Kansas Save Movie Theaters?," 22 Jan. 2021 But now, by being exempted from orders the rest of us are expected to follow, their elitism and exclusivity is being rewarded. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors are fortunate to play in S.F. where coronavirus exemption favors them," 28 Dec. 2020 The second part involves understanding that certain devices are aligned with certain content providers, and exclusivity and programming blackouts may be a factor. Eric Alt, Popular Science, "Best streaming devices: Watch anything your heart desires," 17 Dec. 2020 This breaks the mold of the traditional market which revels in exclusivity and unrealistic pricing to the masses. Nandi Howard, Essence, "There's A New Way To Shop For Fragrance," 16 Nov. 2020 The title will be developed by Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment, marking the first time that a company outside of EA has produced a Star Wars game since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, ending nearly eight years of exclusivity. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, "Lucasfilm Games' New Partnerships Mean the Galaxy's the Limit," 13 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of exclusivity

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Feb 2021

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“Exclusivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusivity. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exclusivity

: the quality or state of being exclusive : the quality of being limited to people of wealth or high social class

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