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[in-kloo-siv] /ɪnˈklu sɪv/
including or encompassing the stated limit or extremes in consideration or account (usually used postpositively):
from 6 to 37 inclusive.
including a great deal, or encompassing everything concerned; comprehensive:
an inclusive art form; an inclusive fee.
enclosing; embracing:
an inclusive fence.
Grammar. (of the first person plural) including the person or persons spoken to, as we in Shall we dance?
Compare exclusive (def 12).
inclusive of, including; also taking into account:
Europe, inclusive of the British Isles, is negotiating new trade agreements.
Origin of inclusive
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin inclūsīvus, equivalent to Latin inclūs(us) (see incluse) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
inclusively, adverb
inclusiveness, noun
noninclusive, adjective
noninclusively, adverb
noninclusiveness, noun
quasi-inclusive, adjective
quasi-inclusively, adverb
superinclusive, adjective
superinclusively, adverb
superinclusiveness, noun
uninclusive, adjective
2. overall, general, all-encompassing. 3. including, comprising. Unabridged
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  • I have no idea now why this was done, or the derivation of the inclusive curse.

    When Grandmamma Was New Marion Harland
  • The season for oysters is from September to April, inclusive.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • But the name of the suppositio itself has no contradictory, except with reference to a wider and inclusive suppositio.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • A detailed breakdown of these will also be found on pages 1035 to 1267 inclusive.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • The distance was accomplished by the winner in 21 hours and 22 minutes, inclusive of rest on the way.

British Dictionary definitions for inclusive


(postpositive) foll by of. considered together (with): capital inclusive of profit
(postpositive) including the limits specified: Monday to Friday inclusive is five days
not excluding any particular groups of people: an inclusive society
(logic) (of a disjunction) true if at least one of its component propositions is true Compare exclusive (sense 10)
Derived Forms
inclusively, adverb
inclusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inclusive

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin inclusivus, from Latin inclus-, past participle stem of includere (see include). Related: Inclusively; inclusiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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inclusive in Technology

In domain theory, a predicate P : D -> Bool is inclusive iff
For any chain C, a subset of D, and for all c in C, P(c) => P(lub C)
In other words, if the predicate holds for all elements of an increasing sequence then it holds for their least upper bound.
("lub is written in LaTeX as \sqcup).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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