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 postpositively from Monday to Friday inclusiveI expect to be at the island and visitable there … on the following dates: May 28-31 inclusive— Alexander Woollcott

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 Leaders who embrace similar soft skills and lead with empathy, active listening, and transparency will build a much happier, more productive, and more inclusive workplace. Michelle Zhou, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2022 By November 2020, a memorial association official was vowing that a new, more inclusive perspective would come to the park. al, 8 Sep. 2022 In December 2020, the current, more inclusive rules went into effect. Outside Online, 8 Sep. 2022 Founded in 2019 by a trio of sisters, the brand seeks to create products inclusive to people of color, inspired by their South Asian heritage. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 2 Sep. 2022 If anything, Rings of Power has an opportunity to be more inclusive in future seasons. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Sep. 2022 While some makeup brands have succeeded in being truly inclusive with their shade ranges, others have work to do. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2022 Employers are also being more inclusive with their offerings to include LGBTQ and single workers, according to Watts. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, 24 Aug. 2022 Fan week, too, speaks to the U.S. Open and the USTA's goal of making tennis a sport that is more inclusive, and welcoming, to all. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 26 Sep. 2022.

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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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