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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In the past five years, the group has opened its doors to girls and gay scouts and scout leaders, and changed its program name in efforts to be more inclusive and counter declining membership and interest. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Boy Scouts Look for Paths to Stay Viable," 13 Dec. 2018 Versace is not only synonymous with its iconic and unmistakable style, but with being inclusive and embracing of diversity, as well as empowering people to express themselves. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Michael Kors Buys Versace for $2.1 Billion," 25 Sep. 2018 And by providing electric cars as a vehicle amenity, Ohana believes his company can help make sure the EV revolution is inclusive and affordable. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Sacramento’s $44 million plan to become the U.S. electric car capital," 17 July 2018 Restoring the Jersey Street name is intended to reinforce that Fenway Park is inclusive and welcoming to all,’’ the Red Sox said in a statement. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "In erasing Yawkey Way from Fenway Park, Red Sox, Boston seize opportunity from shame," 26 Apr. 2018 Having something that is inclusive and thoughtful and supportive is going to be a really important way to counter the crisis. Aubrey Whelan,, "HUD Secretary Carson visits unique Philadelphia housing program for people in opioid addiction," 28 Mar. 2018 This is our chance to change the game by using proactive planning that uses sustainable, inclusive, and innovative design. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How autonomous vehicle planner Yes Segura gets around Seattle," 26 July 2018 The report recommends 15 solutions, calling on universities to foster diverse, inclusive environments; diffuse hierarchical relationships between trainees and faculty members; and provide better support services on campus, among other things. Katie Reilly, Time, "Report Calls for Widespread Change to Combat Sexual Harassment in Academia," 14 June 2018 In February, South Eugene High School officially changed its mascot from the Axemen to the Axe, in an effort to be more inclusive to non-male students. Lizzy Acker,, "South Albany High School drops Rebel mascot," 24 Apr. 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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