in·​clu·​sive | \in-ˈklü-siv, -ziv\

Definition of inclusive 

1 : comprehending stated limits or extremes from Monday to Friday inclusive

2a : broad in orientation or scope

b : covering or intended to cover all items, costs, or services

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Other Words from inclusive

inclusively adverb
inclusiveness noun

Examples of inclusive in a Sentence

a butterfly expert with an inclusive knowledge of his subject

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This is our chance to change the game by using proactive planning that uses sustainable, inclusive, and innovative design. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How autonomous vehicle planner Yes Segura gets around Seattle," 26 July 2018 The report recommends 15 solutions, calling on universities to foster diverse, inclusive environments; diffuse hierarchical relationships between trainees and faculty members; and provide better support services on campus, among other things. Katie Reilly, Time, "Report Calls for Widespread Change to Combat Sexual Harassment in Academia," 14 June 2018 In February, South Eugene High School officially changed its mascot from the Axemen to the Axe, in an effort to be more inclusive to non-male students. Lizzy Acker,, "South Albany High School drops Rebel mascot," 24 Apr. 2018 The index scores facilities on their policies and practices aimed at creating more inclusive environments for LGBT patients, visitors and employees. Maria Clark,, "3 New Orleans health providers named leaders in LGBT care," 3 Apr. 2018 Diversity at Fashion Week often leaves a lot to be desired, with casting agents hiring one curve model and claiming their show is inclusive. Ashley Walker, Teen Vogue, "Howard Homecoming's Fashion Show Was a Celebration of Black Culture and Style," 27 Oct. 2018 Clearly, the retail giant has been listening to what its customers need and is working to be more inclusive. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Target Launches Smartly, an Affordable In-House Brand With 70 Personal-Care Products," 8 Oct. 2018 We've been fed this propaganda that only certain people can serve at certain levels and as a results, our legislation hasn't truly been inclusive. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Delaware Democratic Senate Hopeful Kerri Harris Is a Queer Woman of Color Who Wants Politicians With "Diversity of Experience"," 29 Aug. 2018 During her speech, the mayor said hosting the convention would show the world that Charlotte is inclusive and welcomes all political viewpoints. Steve Harrison And Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Why did council Democrats wait to oppose RNC? An inside look at Charlotte’s bid.," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of inclusive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of inclusive

: covering or including everything

: open to everyone : not limited to certain people

: including the stated limits and everything in between


in·​clu·​sive | \in-ˈklü-siv, -ziv\

Kids Definition of inclusive

1 : covering everything or all important points an inclusive price

2 : including the stated limits and all in between from ages three to ten inclusive

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