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

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This small casa hosts all-inclusive seven-day artist retreats, with classes and excursions to local sites as well as hikes along the coast, for $2,195 per person, including daily art classes, all meals and return trip to the Puerto Vallarta airport. Los Angeles Times, "On vacation in Puerto Vallarta? Head south on a jungle path for secluded beaches and pristine views," 7 Sep. 2019 Abaco and Grand Bahama islands are known for their marinas, golf courses, and all-inclusive resorts and are home to many fishermen, laborers, and hotel workers. Michael Weissenstein,, "‘Like zombies’: Hurricane’s victims face heartbreak and loss," 5 Sep. 2019 Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, with a combined population of about 70,000, are known for their marinas, golf courses and all-inclusive resorts. Michael Weissenstein,, "Bahamians begin rescues as Hurricane Dorian moves on toward the U.S. coast," 4 Sep. 2019 Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, with a combined population of about 70,000, are known for their marinas, golf courses and all-inclusive resorts. Richard Tribou,, "Hurricane Dorian continues sideswipe assault on Florida coast," 4 Sep. 2019 Or skip the hassle of tipping altogether and opt for an all-inclusive line where gratuity is included. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cruise Ship Etiquette Tips: A Primer For Before You Sail," 4 Sep. 2019 His inclusive approach shaped medieval and Renaissance learning, which in turn has hugely influenced modern ideas about education. Raquel López, National Geographic, "Did sons and daughters get the same education in ancient Greece?," 28 Aug. 2019 Children play on the new all-inclusive playground in Maple Park in south Glendale. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Shane’s Inspiration playground, designed for children of all cognitive, physical abilities, opens in Glendale," 20 Aug. 2019 Peloton makes expensive equipment that’s designed to provide exercise instructions, not be an all-inclusive entertainment machine. Natt Garun, The Verge, "How to watch YouTube on a Peloton bike or treadmill," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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