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exclusive

Line breaks: ex|clu¦sive
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈskluːsɪv
 
, ɛk-/

Definition of exclusive in English:

adjective

1Excluding or not admitting other things: an exclusive focus on success and making money the list is not exclusive
More example sentences
  • The uncertainties associated with large federal budget deficits warn against exclusive focus on the total spending done by government.
  • The emergence of psychoanalysis in the early years of the twentieth century allowed psychiatrists to move away from an exclusive focus on psychosis to extend their influence over the much wider field of neurosis.
  • Because of this exclusive focus on the results of our conduct, the theory forces us to consider the world from a perspective outside our own lives.
Synonyms
complete, full, entire, whole, total, absolute;
to the exclusion of everything else
1.1Unable to exist or be true if something else exists or is true: mutually exclusive options
More example sentences
  • Therefore, though we distinguish between the many causes of suffering, we do not see those categories as existing in mutually exclusive settings.
  • In the past 25 years, traditional modes of exposition have continued to exist alongside sometimes mutually exclusive competing theories.
  • A third option, not mutually exclusive with option two, is working to create political change.
Synonyms
incompatible, irreconcilable
1.2(Of terms) excluding all but what is specified.
Example sentences
  • It is an exclusive term as it is code for ‘Christian’ and the religious traditions outside of Christianity and also those of an irreligious bent are not considered at all.
  • What's more, truthful statements again had fewer negative emotion words and more self-referencing and exclusive words than false statements.
  • While this term is not exclusive to that era, there can be no dispute that theme became most apparent in these post-war, post-Monopoly years.
Synonyms
2Restricted to the person, group, or area concerned: the couple had exclusive possession of the flat the problem isn’t exclusive to Dublin
More example sentences
  • Their decisions are taken at faraway centres, and almost always adhere to a uniform policy framework applicable to all protected areas, thus neglecting issues exclusive to one area.
  • Some games feature shooting, adventure and even racing elements all mixed up together and they do very well because most people are not exclusive to a single genre.
  • Their language was unique and exclusive to their sole tribe.
Synonyms
sole, undivided, unshared, unique, only, individual, personal, private, single, especial;
2.1(Of an item or story) not published or broadcast elsewhere: an exclusive interview
More example sentences
  • The probe was prompted by an exclusive story published in yesterday's Guardian, which told of the alleged encounters and also of a plea by the girl's mother for justice.
  • I wonder how much she got for selling the exclusive story, with interview and photo shoot, and if that actually netted more cash than the act itself.
  • He encourages his reporters to unearth exclusive stories that will be of interest to the listening audience.
3Catering for or available to only a few, select customers; high class and expensive: one of Britain’s most exclusive clubs
More example sentences
  • As a result, tennis courts are popping up all over the country - in exclusive country clubs and expensive condominiums but also in more accessible sports clubs and in shantytowns.
  • This is a very exclusive and very expensive club which is also a place to be seen.
  • Behind the curtain was an exclusive world catering to the upper class and the rich and famous.
Synonyms
select, chic, high-class, elite, fashionable, stylish, elegant, choice, special, premier, grade A;
expensive;
restrictive, restricted, limited, private, closed, cliquish, cliquey, clannish, snobbish;
British upmarket;
North American high-toned
informal posh, ritzy, classy, upper-crust, top-drawer, top-people's
British informal swish
North American informal swank, tony
4 (exclusive of) Not including: prices are exclusive of VAT
More example sentences
  • This is exclusive of VAT, delivery, plates and road fund licence.
  • Of the $20 retail, about $10.55 ends up with the wine producer, exclusive of GST.
  • Are the minimum policy limits inclusive or exclusive of interest?

noun

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An item or story published or broadcast by only one source.
Example sentences
  • The three media outlets that have broadcast or published exclusives about torture at Abu Ghraib - CBS, the New Yorker and the Washington Post - are, of course, not revealing their sources.
  • Unlike many other TV journalists, he chases exclusives and aims to break the big stories, and as a result is in weekly contact with the political editors of Scottish newspapers.
  • He is the unnamed source who ‘has provided most of the front page exclusives on WMD to our paper’ exclusives which have yet to pan out.
Synonyms
scoop, exposé, revelation, special, inside story;
coup

Origin

late 15th century (as a noun denoting something that excludes): from medieval Latin exclusivus, from Latin excludere 'shut out' (see exclude).

Derivatives

exclusiveness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Kamel didn't mention price, but said the exclusiveness of luxury companies separates them from the ‘mad and undignified’ products and practices of the mass-market consumer companies.
  • The book's thrust is to get wine appreciation down to an approachable level from the heights of exclusiveness; to get people to try something different without much damage to the wallet.
  • They display an intolerant exclusiveness, and a belligerent sense of supremacy vis-à-vis the other.

exclusivity

2
Pronunciation: /ɛkskluːˈsɪvɪti/
noun
Example sentences
  • As it loses exclusivity on pension and social welfare payments, a big slice of its 1,900 offices will be under threat of closure.
  • The Ada Hotel is another notch up the ladder of exclusivity.
  • Price and exclusivity is no guarantee of manners on the slopes, sometimes the most reckless skiing is found in the priciest resorts.

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