ex·clu·siv·i·ty | \ˌek-ˌsklü-ˈsi-və-tē, 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

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Pfizer expects to lose U.S. exclusivity of Lyrica, a painkiller for helping with diabetic nerve pain and fibromyalgia, as early as December. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Pfizer to Reorganize Business Units," 11 July 2018 Members will be chauffeured in a concierge car directly from the tarmac next door or, say, from Faena Hotel Miami Beach, to the secure exclusivity of the Concours Club, an invitation to join the club states. Fortune, "You'll Need to Spend $350,000 to Join This Private Miami Club," 28 June 2018 Now) Ex Nihilo makes some of the most unique and obsession-worthy scents around, but the niche French perfume brand prides itself a bit on its exclusivity — not all of its fragrances are available everywhere in the world. Allure Editors, Allure, "The Best New Beauty Products This Month," 9 July 2018 The reason was basic power politics: all five had an interest in trying to reimpose the exclusivity of the nuclear club. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "President Trump Is Putting Huge Pressure on Europe to Reinstate Sanctions on Iran. He's in for a Tough Sell at the NATO Summit," 3 July 2018 And exclusivity and attention is part of what makes the network appealing to creators. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018 Remedies proposed by the commission include removing exclusivity obligations and lock-in periods for all drivers on Grab’s ride-hailing platform. Saurabh Chaturvedi, WSJ, "Uber-Grab Deal Reduced Competition, Singapore’s Antimonopoly Watchdog Finds," 5 July 2018 Tinder accounts were ceremoniously deleted and exclusivity followed. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "Worthy of a Romance Novel, With a Touch of Mystery," 29 June 2018 Hotels touting exclusivity are a thing of the past. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Retro motels make a chic comeback," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of exclusivity

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exclusivity was in 1926

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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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