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Dictionary Definition

exclusive adj
1 not divided or shared with others; "they have exclusive use of the machine"; "sole rights of publication" [syn: sole(a)]
2 excluding much or all; especially all but a particular group or minority; "exclusive clubs"; "an exclusive restaurants and shops" [ant: inclusive]
3 not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective; "judging a contest with a single eye"; "a single devotion to duty"; "undivided affection"; "gained their exclusive attention" [syn: single(a), undivided] n : a news report that is reported first by one news organization; "he got a scoop on the bribery of city officials" [syn: scoop]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Excluding items or members that do not meet certain conditions.
  2. Referring to a membership organisation or commercial product: of high quality, for superior members only. A snobbish usage. Implies, not necessarily truly, that members who do not meet requirements, which may be financial, of celebrity, religion, skin colour, etc., are excluded.



Excluding items or members that do not meet certain conditions
of high quality, for superior members only

Related terms



  1. Form of feminine, exclusif

Extensive Definition

Exclusive may refer to:
  • In journalism, exclusive can refer to information provided to or available from only one news outlet, such as an interview or photograph.
  • In the description of any formally defined set, the rules by which an object may be defined as excluded from the set are referred to as rules of exclusion.
  • In the description of a mathematical set, the term exclusive denotes that the endpoints of a range are not included within the set. For example, "the integers -2 to 2 exclusive" refers to the set ; the endpoints, -2 and 2, are excluded. The term is generally applied to discrete elements.
  • Exclusive or, an operator in Boolean logic
  • Exclusive we in linguistics refers to first-person non-singular pronouns that don't include the addressee, i.e. we excluding you
  • Exclusive (album), the name of R&B singer Chris Brown's second album
  • Exclusive (EP), an EP by U2
  • Exclusive (play), a 1989 play by Jeffrey Archer

Other uses

  • In marketing, "exclusive" can refer to products that are only available from select distributors or retailers, and have never been released before, or only at a particular event.
  • In tax rates, "exclusive" can refer to a tax system that does not include taxes owed as part of the base.
  • In dating, "exclusive" refers to the activity of dating one person, sometimes referred to as "going steady" or "seeing how things go."

See also

exclusive in Swedish: Exklusion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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