in·​clu·​sive | \in-ˈklü-siv, -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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The company’s rapid growth gave them an opportunity to create systems and policies that contribute to a more inclusive workplace and higher employee retention rates. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "Spotify's June 2018 Diversity Report Shows Some Slow Progress," 11 July 2018 Council President Andrea Campbell requested the hearing in an effort to make voting in Boston elections more inclusive, the Boston Globe reported. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Boston considers giving legal, non-US citizens right to vote in city elections," 10 July 2018 Since the decision to scrap the swimsuit portion, Carlson, 52, and other members of the board have come under criticism for the push to make the competition more inclusive and less based on physical appearance. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Gretchen Carlson Defends Miss America Changes Amid Mounting Criticism: 'Change Is Difficult'," 9 July 2018 In order to keep the menu as inclusive as possible, for those that aren’t keen on beer or can’t eat meat or dairy, there will be vegan and vegetarian food options. Ita Tsai, Hoy, "First ever Michelada Fest in Chicago to donate portion proceeds to ‘Dreamer’ fund," 29 June 2018 And now, thanks to a nationwide arts program, some of San Diego’s best interiors will be as inclusive as our exteriors. Karla Peterson,, "Six San Diego museums just became more affordable," 30 May 2018 From the gates of Windsor to some of the most far-flung spots on the planet, well-wishers have written to congratulate newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan, with many expressing their admiration for a diverse and inclusive ceremony like no other. Kara Fox, CNN, "'Breathtaken' and 'blessed': the world reacts to the royal wedding," 19 May 2018 The Marlins are committed to an inclusive environment for all of our fans. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "What do the Miami Marlins think of Papa John’s founder’s apology? You’re out!," 12 July 2018 Tech companies have been criticized for allowing their platforms to be used by violent racists and misogynists, and for failing to foster diverse and inclusive workplaces. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How Conservatives Are Hoodwinking Big Tech," 29 June 2018

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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, -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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