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- (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪkˈsklu.sɪv/, /ɪkˈsklu.zɪv/
- Hyphenation: ex‧clu‧sive
- (literally) Excluding items or members that do not meet certain conditions.
- (figuratively) 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.
- Exclusive clubs tend to serve exclusive brands of food and drinks, in the same exorbitant price range, such as the 'finest' French châteaux.
- Whole, undivided, entire.
- The teacher's pet commands the teacher's exclusive attention.
- (linguistics) Of or relating to the first-person plural pronoun when excluding the person being addressed.
- The pronoun in "We're going to a party later, but you aren't invited" is an exclusive "we".
- (of two people in a romantic or sexual relationship) Having a romantic or sexual relationship with one another, to the exclusion of others.
- They decided to no longer be exclusive.
excluding items or members that do not meet certain conditions
of high quality and/or reknown
exclusionary — see exclusionary
whole, undivided, entire
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exclusive (plural exclusives)
- Information (or an artefact) that is granted or obtained exclusively.
- The editor agreed to keep a lid on a potentially distastrous political scoop in exchange for an exclusive of a happier nature
- (grammar) A word or phrase that restricts something, such as only, solely, or simply.
information granted exclusively
- exclusive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- exclusive in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911