- An example of exclusive is the belief or non-belief in the death penalty.
- An example of exclusive is a print by a rare artist of which only five copies were made.
- An example of exclusive is when a reporter is the only one with a story on the subject.
- An example of exclusive is a country club that is limited only to the wealthy.
- excluding or tending to exclude all others; shutting out other considerations, happenings, existences, etc.: an exclusive interest in sports
- excluding all but what is specified: “only” is an exclusive particle
- given or belonging to no other; not shared or divided; sole: an exclusive right to sell something
- excluding certain people or groups, as for social or economic reasons: an exclusive club
- snobbish; undemocratic
- dealing only in costly items: an exclusive shop
- being the only one of its kind: an exclusive dress
Origin of exclusiveMedieval Latin exclusivus ; from Classical Latin exclusus, past participle of excludere: see exclude
- a news item, feature, etc. printed or broadcast by only one newspaper, station, etc.
- an exclusive right, as to the sale of something
- Excluding or tending to exclude: exclusive barriers.
- Not allowing something else; incompatible: mutually exclusive conditions.
- Not divided or shared with others: exclusive publishing rights.
- Not accompanied by others; single or sole: your exclusive function.
- Complete; undivided: gained their exclusive attention.
- Not including the specified extremes or limits, but only the area between them: 10–14, exclusive; that is, 11, 12, and 13.
- Excluding some or most, as from membership or participation: an exclusive club.
- Catering to a wealthy clientele; expensive: exclusive shops.
- Linguistics Relating to or being a first person plural pronoun that excludes the addressee, such as we in the sentence Pat and I are in town, so we can meet you for lunch.
- A news item initially released to only one publication or broadcaster.
- An exclusive right or privilege, as to market a product.
- ex·clu′sive·ness, ex′clu·siv′i·ty
(comparative more exclusive, superlative most exclusive)
- (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.
From Latin exclūsīvus, from excludere (“to shut out, exclude”), from ex- (“out”) + variant form of verb claudere (“to close, shut”).