in·​clu·​sive in-ˈklü-siv How to pronounce inclusive (audio)
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: including the stated limits or extremes
used postpositively
from Monday to Friday inclusive
I expect to be at the island and visitable there … on the following dates: May 28-31 inclusiveAlexander Woollcott
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 Meanwhile, those with editorialized braids, natural hair, and even children’s hair filled the town; hinting that this line will be just as inclusive as everything else the mogul has touched. Essence, 4 June 2024 See our recommendations for the best books to share with young readers this June Pride Month is the perfect time to share inclusive, LGBTQ+ stories with even the youngest readers in our lives. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 31 May 2024 Rare Beauty’s products, from a liquid highlighter to a body and hair mist with names like Positive Light and Find Comfort, are designed to be inclusive in terms of shade range and easy-to-use packaging (crucial to Gomez herself, who takes a drug for lupus that can cause her hands to shake). Lucy Feldman, TIME, 29 May 2024 California’s first Black land trust fights climate change, makes the outdoors more inclusive. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for inclusive 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Time Traveler
The first known use of inclusive was in the 15th century

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“Inclusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​clu·​sive in-ˈklü-siv How to pronounce inclusive (audio)
: including the stated limits and everything in between
pages 10 to 20 inclusive
: covering everything or all important points
an inclusive tour
an inclusive insurance policy
inclusively adverb
inclusiveness noun

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