in·​clu·​sive | \ in-ˈklü-siv How to pronounce inclusive (audio) , -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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Like the event itself, the range of plays is inclusive, inspiring and ambitious. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Hamtramck theater festival could be breakthrough for female directors," 14 Aug. 2019 Up now: 12 women who are making their mark in the world of beauty, where entrepreneurs, artists, influencers, and legislators are fighting to make the beauty industry—and our culture at large—a more inclusive, truly beautiful place. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Employers Have Policed Black Hair for Decades. These Four Women Have Had Enough," 13 Aug. 2019 Plus, the industry has been taking steps to be more inclusive, widening the palette of skin tones and extending its reach beyond the strictly feminine market. Globe Staff,, "Glossier opens pop-up village in Seaport, part of a new model for selling makeup," 9 Aug. 2019 Campaign, by highlighting groups of adventurers, entrepreneurs, activists, and community leaders who are working to make the outdoors a more accessible, inclusive, and inviting place. Outside Online, "Meet the Women Behind LatinXhikers," 2 Aug. 2019 There will always be whiners who stamp their feet at having to imagine language inclusive enough for everyone, but in 2019, they can be ignored. Caille Millner,, "What’s in a word? A whole lot of sexism," 26 July 2019 These perks are often advertised as proof that a company is inclusive, considerate of employees of all ages and in various phases of their careers, which is admirable. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "It isn’t just new parents who deserve paid leave," 25 July 2019 The former Portland Beavers player was selling himself -- and an inclusive, people-first vision of Oregon., "Quirky 1980s campaign ‘wish book’ captures Oregonians’ hopes, dreams and good times on state’s back roads," 22 July 2019 Which shows that inclusive, supportive environments matter. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Teens are increasingly depressed, anxious, and suicidal. How can we help?," 11 July 2019

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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 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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