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[ik-skloo-siv, -ziv] /ɪkˈsklu sɪv, -zɪv/
adjective
1.
not admitting of something else; incompatible:
mutually exclusive plans of action.
2.
omitting from consideration or account (often followed by of):
a profit of ten percent, exclusive of taxes.
3.
limited to the object or objects designated:
exclusive attention to business.
4.
shutting out all others from a part or share:
an exclusive right to film the novel.
5.
fashionable; stylish:
to patronize only the most exclusive designers.
6.
charging comparatively high prices; expensive:
exclusive shops.
7.
noting that in which no others have a share:
exclusive information.
8.
single or sole:
the exclusive means of communication between two places.
9.
disposed to resist the admission of outsiders to association, intimacy, etc.:
an exclusive circle of intimate friends.
10.
admitting only members of a socially restricted or very carefully selected group:
an exclusive club.
11.
excluding or tending to exclude, as from use or possession:
exclusive laws.
12.
Grammar. (of the first person plural) excluding the person or persons spoken to, as we in We'll see you later.
Compare inclusive (def 4).
noun
13.
Journalism. a piece of news, or the reporting of a piece of news, obtained by a newspaper or other news organization, along with the privilege of using it first.
14.
an exclusive right or privilege:
to have an exclusive on providing fuel oil to the area.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; 1900-05 for def 13; late Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin exclūsīvus. See exclusion, -ive
Related forms
exclusively, adverb
exclusiveness, exclusivity
[eks-kloo-siv-i-tee] /ˌɛks kluˈsɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonexclusive, adjective
preexclusive, adjective
preexclusively, adverb
semiexclusive, adjective
semiexclusively, adverb
semiexclusiveness, noun
ultraexclusive, adjective
ultraexclusively, adverb
ultraexclusiveness, noun
unexclusive, adjective
unexclusively, adverb
unexclusiveness, noun
Synonyms
9. select, narrow, clannish, snobbish, restrictive, cliquish, illiberal.
Antonyms
2. inclusive.
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British Dictionary definitions for unexclusive

exclusive

/ɪkˈskluːsɪv/
adjective
1.
excluding all else; rejecting other considerations, possibilities, events, etc: an exclusive preoccupation with money
2.
belonging to a particular individual or group and to no other; not shared: exclusive rights, an exclusive story
3.
belonging to or catering for a privileged minority, esp a fashionable clique: an exclusive restaurant
4.
(postpositive) foll by to. limited (to); found only (in): this model is exclusive to Harrods
5.
single; unique; only: the exclusive means of transport on the island was the bicycle
6.
separate and incompatible: mutually exclusive principles
7.
(immediately postpositive) not including the numbers, dates, letters, etc, mentioned: 1980–84 exclusive
8.
(postpositive) foll by of. except (for); not taking account (of): exclusive of bonus payments, you will earn this amount
9.
(commerce) (of a contract, agreement, etc) binding the parties to do business only with each other with respect to a class of goods or services
10.
(logic) (of a disjunction) true if only one rather than both of its component propositions is true Compare inclusive (sense 5)
noun
11.
an exclusive story; a story reported in only one newspaper
Derived Forms
exclusively, adverb
exclusivity (ˌɛkskluːˈsɪvɪtɪ), exclusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unexclusive

exclusive

adj.

mid-15c., "so as to exclude," from Medieval Latin exclusivus, from exclus-, past participle stem of excludere (see exclude).

Of monopolies, rights, franchises, etc., from 1760s; of social circles, clubs, etc., "unwilling to admit outsiders," from 1822. Related: Exclusively; exclusiveness.

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