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

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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 There are a lot of other factors that go into making a diverse and inclusive workplace that aren't being tracked. Shannon Rae Green, USA TODAY, 18 July 2021 The phone alerts aren't all that have changed in this continuation; expect a more diverse and inclusive cast this time around and wayyyyyy more money. Ew Staff,, 8 July 2021 Woodard, along with fellow GCW wrestlers Taylor Gibson and AJ Gray, has long heard calls from fans and performers for a more diverse and inclusive product. Dallas News, 8 July 2021 With the most diverse generations in history now making up the majority of the workforce, the demand for diverse and inclusive workplaces has never been higher. Heather Kelly, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Brown Girls Do Gymnastics works with gyms to create diverse and inclusive gyms for young girls of color, in an attempt to change the culture of gymnastics. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 25 June 2021 Some executives, and corporate critics, say it’s important that such a gesture isn’t viewed as a substitute for perhaps harder efforts to build more-diverse and inclusive workplaces and to support ethnic-minority communities and businesses. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, 16 June 2021 Programs like these — that prepare people for the cannabis workforce — are critical to a diverse and inclusive cannabis industry. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 15 June 2021 This Freeform series is one of the most diverse and inclusive shows on the air, which tackles current social justice issues with thoughtful nuance while offering entertaining plots about 20-somethings in Los Angeles. People Staff,, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of inclusive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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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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