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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Part of what made this cover possible has been editor MJ Day's incredible work to make the issue — shortened from Swimsuit to Swim this year — more inclusive. Allure, "Tyra Banks Just Made History as the Oldest Model to Cover Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue," 9 May 2019 In recent years some brands have expanded their footwear offerings to be more inclusive. Glamour, "This New Aldo Shoe Collection Is Specifically for Plus-Size Shoppers," 26 Mar. 2019 Wilson leads an organization that has campaigned heavily for the BSA to become more inclusive. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "In Breakup with Boy Scouts, It’s Mormons Who Lose," 10 May 2018 Icelandair's fares are more inclusive, and generally more expensive, starting at about $225 one way to Reykjavik, more to mainland Europe. Susan Glaser,, "Cleveland air travel enters the Iceland age; Wow Air launches this week, Icelandair to follow," 29 Apr. 2018 Our services are inclusive, and provided to anyone regardless of religious affiliation or any other discriminatory factor. Lake County News-Sun, "Letters to the Editor: Leave the forest preserves alone," 12 Apr. 2018 Our perpetual #1 held her first fashion week presentation for Savage x Fenty, the lingerie brand that's as diverse and inclusive as her Fenty Beauty foundation offerings. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "These Makeup Looks at Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show Were Done Entirely With Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Lipstick," 13 Sep. 2018 African-American students rightly complained that school administrators had failed to maintain a safe and inclusive atmosphere. Adrian Walker,, "Another BPS superintendent has come and gone. Now what?," 1 July 2018 The duchess hopes the job will help bring together the arts and people—particularly younger ones—from different backgrounds and communities to produce world-class theater that’s more inclusive and accessible. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan Make Diversity & Youth Issues a Priority During Busy Day of Engagements," 30 Jan. 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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