Definition of exclusive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ikˈsklo͞osiv/


1Excluding or not admitting other things: my exclusive focus is on San Antonio issues
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  • 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.
1.1Unable to exist or be true if something else exists or is true: these approaches are not exclusive; many students will combine them mutually exclusive political views
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  • 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.
incompatible, irreconcilable
1.2(Of terms) excluding all but what is specified.
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  • 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.
not including, excluding, leaving out, omitting, excepting
2Restricted or limited to the person, group, or area concerned: the couple had exclusive possession of the condo the jaguar and puma are exclusive to the New World
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  • 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.
sole, unshared, unique, only, individual, personal, private
2.1(Of an item or story) not published or broadcast elsewhere: an exclusive interview
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  • 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.
2.2(Of a commodity) not obtainable elsewhere: exclusive designer jewelry
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  • She may strip reclaimed materials down to the base metal, and weave them - and the jam pot lids - into her designs to make exclusive products.
  • And the company won the kitchen category in the Good Housekeeping Innovation Awards, in recognition of its Super-Grip Jar Opener, an exclusive product to Lakeland.
  • It is expected that, following an EU ruling, the live rights to games will have to be shared with another television station, thereby lowering the value of what is currently an exclusive product for Sky.
3Catering or available to only a few, select people; high class and expensive: an exclusive Georgetown neighborhood
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  • 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.
select, chic, high-class, elite, fashionable, stylish, elegant, premier, grade A;
expensive, upscale, upmarket, high-toned
informal posh, ritzy, classy, tony, spendy
4 [predicative] (exclusive of) Not including; excepting: prices are exclusive of tax and delivery
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  • 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?


An item or story published or broadcast by only one source.
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  • 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.
scoop, exposé, special



Pronunciation: /ikˈsklo͞osivnis/ Pronunciation: /ikˈsklo͞ozivnis/ Pronunciation: /ekˈsklo͞osivnis/ Pronunciation: /ekˈsklo͞ozivnis/
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  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with exclusive

abusive, allusive, collusive, conclusive, conducive, delusive, diffusive, effusive, elusive, illusive, inclusive, intrusive, obtrusive, preclusive, reclusive, seclusive

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Syllabification: ex·clu·sive

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