from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Excluding or tending to exclude: exclusive barriers.
  • adj. Not allowing something else; incompatible: mutually exclusive conditions.
  • adj. Not divided or shared with others: exclusive publishing rights.
  • adj. Not accompanied by others; single or sole: your exclusive function.
  • adj. Complete; undivided: gained their exclusive attention.
  • adj. Not including the specified extremes or limits, but only the area between them: 20-25, exclusive; that is, 21, 22, 23 and 24.
  • adj. Excluding some or most, as from membership or participation: an exclusive club.
  • adj. Catering to a wealthy clientele; expensive: exclusive shops.
  • adj. Linguistics Of, relating to, or being a first person plural pronoun that excludes the addressee, such as we in the sentence Chris and I will be in town tomorrow, so we can stop by your office.
  • n. A news item initially released to only one publication or broadcaster.
  • n. An exclusive right or privilege, as to market a product.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Excluding items or members that do not meet certain conditions.
  • adj. Referring to a membership organisation, service or product: of high quality and/or reknown, for superior members only. A snobbish usage, suggesting that members who do not meet requirements, which may be financial, of celebrity, religion, skin colour etc., are excluded.
  • adj. exclusionary
  • adj. whole, undivided, entire
  • n. Information (or an artefact) that is granted or obtained exclusively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the power of preventing entrance; debarring from participation or enjoyment; possessed and enjoyed to the exclusion of others
  • adj. Not taking into the account; excluding from consideration; -- opposed to inclusive.
  • n. One of a coterie who exclude others; one who from real of affected fastidiousness limits his acquaintance to a select few.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing or intended for exclusion; having the effect of excluding from admission or share; not inclusive or comprehensive: as, exclusive regulations; to make exclusive provision for one's self or one's friends.
  • Appertaining to the subject alone; not including, admitting, or pertaining to any other or others; undivided; sole: as, an exclusive right or privilege; exclusive jurisdiction.
  • Existing or considered to the exclusion of something else; not admitting or reckoning the part or parts (one or both extremes of some series) mentioned: usually followed by of, or used absolutely, as if adverbial: as, you owe me so much, exclusive of interest; from 10 to 21 exclusive.
  • Prone to exclude; tending to reject; specifically, disposed to exclude other persons from, or chary in admitting them to, society or fellowship; fastidious as to the social rank of associates: as, an exclusive clique.
  • n. That which excludes or rejects.
  • n. One belonging to a coterie of persons who exclude others from their society or fellowship; one who limits his acquaintance to a select few.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective
  • n. a news report that is reported first by one news organization
  • adj. not divided or shared with others
  • adj. excluding much or all; especially all but a particular group or minority


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin exclūsīvus, from excludere ("to shut out, exclude"), from ex- ("out") + variant form of verb claudere ("to close, shut").


  • Whether it was an individual, a community, a district, or a nation, that in this way acquired an exclusive right of ownership of the land, was immaterial: it was necessarily an _exclusive_ right, otherwise no one would put any labour into the land.

    Freeland A Social Anticipation

  • The word exclusive suddenly rang alarm bells in my head.

    The Pursuit of Happiness

  • UNCLOS, some states (e.g. the United Kingdom) have chosen not to claim an EEZ, but rather to claim jurisdiction over the living resources off their coast; in such cases, the term exclusive fishing zone is often used; the breadth of this zone is normally the same as the EEZ or 200 nautical miles

    The 2004 CIA World Factbook

  • This comes as the day after North Korean TV showed what it calls exclusive footage of the reclusive leader, Kim Jong-Il.

    CNN Transcript Apr 9, 2009

  • On the basis of what it calls exclusive research, it warns that the insurgency is also exercising a "significant amount of psychological control, gaining more and more political legitimacy in the minds of the Afghan people who have a long history of shifting alliances and regime change".


  • It turns out the Iranian TV, Al-Alam, is releasing now what they calling exclusive footage of "a confession."

    CNN Transcript Mar 30, 2007

  • He said like other members of the coalition, the Bafokeng supreme council rejected the granting of what he described as the exclusive powers to the municipalities.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • You know how silly I think the TV overuse of the word "exclusive" and that thus I have not uttered it on air for about 5 years - but now I have a new one: "take a listen."

  • And the word "exclusive" is key to the deal: if content currently available on Hulu is available for licensing to every Internet company with a video offering-Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and many more-the value of Hulu really comes down to its established streaming and player technology, plus its existing user and subscriber base.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Clonbrony had offended half, nay, three quarters of her guests, by what they termed her exclusive attention to those very leaders of the ton, from whom she had suffered so much, and who had made it obvious to all that they thought they did her too much honour in appearing at her gala.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 06


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