in·​clu·​sive | \ in-ˈklü-siv How to pronounce inclusive (audio) , -ziv \

Definition of inclusive

1a : broad in orientation or scope The traditional system groups organisms … and places them in a hierarchy of ever more inclusive categories …— Elizabeth Pennisi He wanted more inclusive histories that told the lives of all humankind, not just an elite few.— Brook Thomas
b : covering or intended to cover all items, costs, or services Le Sport features inclusive packages with a single rate covering spa treatments, accommodations, all meals, drinks, water sports, and tennis.— Ian Keown — see also all-inclusive
2 : including everyone especially : allowing and accommodating people who have historically been excluded (as because of their race, gender, sexuality, or ability) Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new push for accessibility has galvanized a disability rights movement in a country with a notably poor record on inclusive infrastructure. — Rama Lakshmi Research from the Center for Talent Innovation shows that allies—people who support LGBT colleagues or work as advocates—play a decisive role in creating an inclusive community where individuals are comfortable being themselves. — Sylvia Ann Hewlett
3 : of or relating to education in which students with disabilities are included with the general student population Supporters of so-called "inclusive education" say that letting students with and without severe disabilities learn side-by-side helps to undo the stigma associated with special education. — Associated Press There are three inclusive classrooms, where kids who do not need special education services learn alongside students with autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, learning delays or other disabilities. The students are taught the same curriculum, and the special education students generally receive services, such as occupational therapy, inside the classroom instead of being pulled out.— Erin Duffy
4 : including the stated limits or extremes used postpositivelyfrom Monday to Friday inclusiveI expect to be at the island and visitable there … on the following dates: May 28-31 inclusive— Alexander Woollcott

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Other Words from inclusive

inclusively adverb
She waved her hand inclusively toward the various rooms. — Theodore Dreiser … as part of our new digital experience, we're launching an online community built expressly and inclusively for all members. — Joseph J. Fifer
inclusiveness noun
… in the effort to achieve more fairness and inclusiveness in selecting the nominee, the reforms jettisoned many of the old underpinnings of the party. — John C. Culver

Examples of inclusive in a Sentence

a butterfly expert with an inclusive knowledge of his subject
Recent Examples on the Web These reforms, intended to foster a more racially and culturally inclusive environment on a campus, come in response to a joint letter released by student-athletes June 12. Nick Moyle,, "Texas responds to student-athletes’ call for change," 13 July 2020 When companies change a policy or a product to appear more gender inclusive, but don’t actually take the time to understand the why first, mistakes happen. Lisa Kenney, Fortune, "What company leaders can learn from J.K. Rowling’s missteps on gender," 12 July 2020 Enchanted Chapters, the north Phoenix bookstore with an inclusive-atmosphere designed to cater to people with autism and other disabilities, is closing its doors after only 10 months in business. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "Enchanted Chapters, bookstore catering to disability community, closing after 10 months," 12 July 2020 The inclusive spirit of Sports Illustrated’s current model lineup can be credited to the publication’s longtime editor in chief, MJ Day. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Valentina Sampaio Makes History as Sports Illustrated’s First Trans Model," 10 July 2020 In front of the camera, the show stands for inclusive feminism and championing diverse voices, which makes its lack of representation and collaboration with Black and Indigenous people behind the scenes even more egregious. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, "For Black Women In Media, A “Dream Job” Is A Myth," 9 July 2020 His conception of American cuisine has always been an inclusive one. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Padma Lakshmi’s New Food Show Is a Trojan Horse," 8 July 2020 Last month, the brand launched its first ever in-house collection that featured modern size inclusive pieces. Nandi Howard, Essence, "11 Honoré Drops 2nd Collection From Its Size Inclusive In House Label," 7 July 2020 Correct pronunciation is also an important part of creating an inclusive workplace, noted Joseph Akoni, a product manager at LinkedIn in the Bay Area who worked on the new feature. Katie Deighton, WSJ, "LinkedIn Wants to End Pronunciation Gaffes on Names With New Audio Feature," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of inclusive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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“Inclusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce inclusive (audio) , -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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