Definition of exclusive in English:



  • 1Excluding or not admitting other things.

    ‘an exclusive focus on success and making money’
    ‘the list is not exclusive’
    • ‘The uncertainties associated with large federal budget deficits warn against exclusive focus on the total spending done by government.’
    • ‘Such exclusive concentration on one affect or sensation can make disgust seem like the single element that has generated the last 250 years of European aesthetics.’
    • ‘All too often, feminists focus in a nearly exclusive manner on the gender politics of their own nation.’
    • ‘Summer angling matches have now started at the Willows, with Goldrush Lake reserved for the exclusive use of the Saturday open events.’
    • ‘Dish Network also offers several packages similar to the ESPN Game Plan focusing on different exclusive sports.’
    • ‘If all goes well, juveniles who, according to statutory definition, are aged 19 years and below, would require exclusive treatment when serving jail terms.’
    • ‘The central point on which I differ with Jacob is his exclusive focus on common interests and disregard for common ideas.’
    • ‘This implies a move away from an exclusive service delivery focus to one that marshals local government to economic growth and development.’
    • ‘If it were an exclusive concentration, that would, of course, be unacceptable.’
    • ‘However, these priorities are not the exclusive focus of Australia's foreign and trade policy.’
    • ‘Debates do not benefit the field if they focus on the exclusive promotion of either research or practice or dispute the merits of quantitative versus qualitative research.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a Midwesterner, I am particularly sensitive to an exclusive focus on East and West Coast gatherings.’
    • ‘Smaller studios with an exclusive ballet focus include Ballet Academy East, the New York Conservatory of Dance and the New York Theatre Ballet School.’
    • ‘One unusual feature of this phenomenon is that it appears to be almost exclusive to males.’
    • ‘We thus get a more complete picture of religion than we would from an exclusive focus on the pious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although video art may be classified as a distinct art form by its exclusive concentration on the technical demands of its medium, the use of videotape has been an important component in many types of art since the 1960s.’
    complete, full, entire, whole, total, absolute
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    1. 1.1 Unable to exist or be true if something else exists or is true.
      ‘mutually exclusive options’
      • ‘Many people of a bohemian persuasion passed through her living room, from artists to drug addicts, not that those classifications were mutually exclusive.’
      • ‘‘Change and an understanding of one's history do not have to be mutually exclusive,’ Boyd summarizes.’
      • ‘If financial gain and civic betterment are mutually exclusive, the shrinking capital worth of a diminished investment must be gloriously virtuous indeed.’
      • ‘A third option, not mutually exclusive with option two, is working to create political change.’
      • ‘Both of these explanations are plausible, but they are not necessarily mutually exclusive; both may be true to some degree.’
      • ‘Therefore, though we distinguish between the many causes of suffering, we do not see those categories as existing in mutually exclusive settings.’
      • ‘I think that the second point might be a little abstract to understand, but what is boggling my mind is are these two ideas that dictate our morality and state of mind mutually exclusive?’
      • ‘‘Volume and quality are mutually exclusive.’’
      • ‘You'd be convinced that smart and sexy were mutually exclusive.’
      • ‘Add to that the pressures of the school reading curriculum, and children can perceive the ideas of ‘reading’ and ‘pleasure’ as mutually exclusive.’
      • ‘What he discovers - to the great surprise of the machines - is that self-interest and social responsibility need not be mutually exclusive.’
      • ‘Are fundamentalism and democracy mutually exclusive?’
      • ‘Rock and old-fashioned pop were mutually exclusive: the sort of song that would attract one part of the audience would invariably repel another.’
      • ‘The response options were not mutually exclusive, so an individual rated each one on a scale ranging from never to very often.’
      • ‘Obviously, I just have a very particular, specific point of view, but I don't feel that ambition and accessibility are mutually exclusive.’
      • ‘‘Defence of civil liberty and justice for all our community are not mutually exclusive but inseparable,’ he told conference delegates.’
      • ‘In the past 25 years, traditional modes of exposition have continued to exist alongside sometimes mutually exclusive competing theories.’
      • ‘Pubs and culture are not mutually exclusive but can go hand in hand.’
      incompatible, irreconcilable
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    2. 1.2 (of terms) excluding all but what is specified.
      • ‘Comity creates an expectation that the courts of other countries will collaborate in holding the parties to the terms of an exclusive jurisdiction clause.’
      • ‘This exclusive Dabs service adds significant value to our great pricing and customer service.’
      • ‘What's more, truthful statements again had fewer negative emotion words and more self-referencing and exclusive words than false statements.’
      • ‘This position afforded him the exclusive right to print royal proclamations, statutes, and other official documents.’
      • ‘What we've tended to do in the past I think is to think in terms of exclusive jurisdiction.’
      • ‘You're allowed to do anything with it you like, so long as you don't violate one of the exclusive rights reserved to the copyright owner.’
      • ‘His ‘sacral’ texts are more in line with the original Latin texts, so that the exclusive use of words like he and mankind have enraged feminist theologians.’
      • ‘The number I have been given at this point for our total revenue is $1,481 million, GST exclusive.’
      • ‘Because the state reserves to itself exclusive entitlement to command obedience, it shows itself intolerant toward all institutions other than itself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And neither of those terms of respect are exclusive - in other words, there can be more than one innovator, and indeed, there are.’
      • ‘The only circumstances are that residential accommodation is offered and accepted with exclusive possession for a term at a rent, the result is a tenancy.’
      not including, excluding, leaving out, omitting, excepting, with the exception of, with the omission of, except for, not counting, leaving aside, barring
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  • 2Restricted to the person, group, or area concerned.

    ‘the couple had exclusive possession of the flat’
    ‘the problem isn't exclusive to Dublin’
    • ‘What about beaches exclusive to people in birthday suits?’
    • ‘Depending on what system you purchase this year, you will also find unique features exclusive to your console.’
    • ‘It challenges perceptions and at the same time builds a community which is not exclusive to disabled people.’
    • ‘Both attract a wide mix of people, and they aren't exclusive to one part of the community.’
    • ‘Their language was unique and exclusive to their sole tribe.’
    • ‘The earlier presidencies had plenty of internal ideological rifts, but the incidence of scandal and investigation was not exclusive to one side or the other.’
    • ‘To enter this realm is to fervently believe that such a physique is not exclusive to the genetically gifted but is attainable by anybody, young or old, male or female, fat or skinny, rich or poor.’
    • ‘I've always believed that the questioning process is not something which is exclusive to the artist; it's something that we're all in engaged in.’
    • ‘Their view is that many of the birds and animals are exclusive to the river and its banks, so they are pleading with Roads Service to move the road northwards, away from the river.’
    • ‘Some blends are exclusive to a restaurant, such as Meringue White Tea - with nonfermented leaves - that she makes for Hyeholde’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, many aspects of artistic expression were exclusive to the king, due both to his position and to the resources he commanded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But if you do not have exclusive possession, then you have shared occupation.’
    • ‘Everybody has their mythic story, whatever it is, their own personal mythology that is exclusive to themselves and how they relate to the world.’
    • ‘The hospital proposes to build a car park that would be exclusive to hospital staff and would accommodate 200 cars in order to allow the hospital grounds to be used by outpatients and visitors.’
    • ‘The aim is to protect and maintain the unique and fragile environment of the important limestone pavements that are exclusive to the Dales region to prevent them being over-grazed by sheep.’
    • ‘The reality is that one of the biggest mining industries in the world is exclusive in terms of ownership and employment equity.’
    sole, undivided, unshared, unique, only, individual, personal, private, single, especial
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    1. 2.1 (of an item or story) not published or broadcast elsewhere.
      ‘an exclusive interview’
      • ‘This week on All in the Mind an exclusive story of one psychiatrist's 15 year battle with bipolar disorder, or manic depression.’
      • ‘But, they would be compensated later with exclusive stories on new Air Force projects (a promise that was never kept).’
      • ‘It's not as if CNN had an exclusive story and chose to bury it.’
      • ‘Lee, who turns 80 Tuesday, told the Sunday Times newspaper in an exclusive interview published Sunday that he will stay on as senior minister for as long as he can be of use to the cabinet.’
      • ‘As long as he can sell his exclusive story, write a book and sell the film rights he may well, as do most misfortunates in the media age, yet turn disaster into triumph.’
      • ‘CNN has obtained exclusive footage of the storm.’
      • ‘He encourages his reporters to unearth exclusive stories that will be of interest to the listening audience.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After the tape was made, a copy would be sent to them with a threat to expose them in an exclusive story by Amanda for her old station.’
      • ‘They may use such information to write exclusive stories, but the ‘leaker’ may mislead reporters.’
      • ‘The information was first leaked to one media outlet as an exclusive story.’
      • ‘When he recognizes her from a picture, Joe realizes that he has a perfect opportunity to write an exclusive story about her experiences in the city.’
      • ‘The rest of the time, it's the result of under-paid hacks looking for the exclusive story that might just up their cheque for the month.’
      • ‘Advertising deals get sealed over beers, exclusive stories get drunkenly blurted out, and crucial relationships for the year ahead might be forged over your next Manhattan.’
      • ‘And another $50 bill to match if he could get to Edwards - and let him know that he would pay $1,000 for his exclusive story.’
      • ‘We have obtained now some exclusive videotape of the inside of that theater.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This was surely an exclusive story unfolding right before my eyes.’
    2. 2.2 (of a commodity) not obtainable elsewhere.
      • ‘Look to manufacturers with patented, exclusive products and features.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To help gain entry into new outlets, toymakers are developing more exclusive products and packaging.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This launches an initiative by Woolworths to feature special collections designed just for it - which makes it the first chain store to have designers create exclusive ranges.’
      • ‘The new-look branch will include designer lines from the exclusive M & S Autograph range and a new line of children's and baby clothes.’
      • ‘This group tends to value independence, refuse consumer stereotypes, and appreciate exclusive products.’
      • ‘Corsair's exclusive products, with price tags to more than match, are aimed primarily at quality- and performance-conscious users.’
      • ‘Imported from Europe and America, the world leaders in photo framing, they largely remained an exclusive product, not easily accessible.’
      • ‘He said that when both stores share brand names, Harvey Nichols has the designers produce an exclusive range for them.’
      • ‘It's really limited edition, because they really want to make sure that it's a really exclusive product, and only for their high-end clients.’
      • ‘She is among several famous faces who will be appearing in the pages of Four Inches - a book being produced by the exclusive jewellery and shoe designers in aid of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ardkeen Hat Hire is a recently launched new venture and has exclusive designer hats to suit almost any special occasion.’
      • ‘The group, which has offices around the world, has built its success on the huge popularity of the Shop America channel, which sold exclusive products for the Atkins diet.’
      • ‘The new business offers an exclusive range of designer fabrics, wallcoverings and soft furnishings including names such as Malabar, Crowson, Nono, Anna French and Sanderson.’
      • ‘These exclusive products cater to the needs of all sections of the society.’
      • ‘Over half of women in the South East and North of England said they would sacrifice chocolate for an exclusive designer wardrobe compared to 36 per cent in Wales and the East of England and the Midlands.’
      • ‘As a result, the decision to open in Edinburgh was questioned by retail analysts, who suggested there was not sufficient demand for exclusive designer clothes in the capital.’
  • 3Catering for or available to only a few, select customers; high class and expensive.

    ‘one of Britain's most exclusive clubs’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fans of British fashion label Radley flocked to York yesterday to try and get their hands on the last ten bags available in an exclusive line.’
    • ‘A limited number of tickets are available for the exclusive event.’
    • ‘This was before the premium class flights, five-star exclusive hotels, open-ended credit cards and huge expense accounts.’
    • ‘Geisha parties are considerably more exclusive and expensive than the grandest British gentlemen's clubs.’
    • ‘They do not perceive the countryside to be cool and regard angling as exclusive and expensive.’
    • ‘Club Castel, on Rue Princesse, is one of the most exclusive private members' clubs in Paris.’
    • ‘The film follows the two men as they rub shoulders with some of the rich and famous at exclusive clubs, restaurants and other expensive venues.’
    • ‘Behind the curtain was an exclusive world catering to the upper class and the rich and famous.’
    • ‘This is a very exclusive and very expensive club which is also a place to be seen.’
    • ‘That, plus the ‘posh sounding’ name of the restaurant, led to assumptions that it would be very exclusive and very expensive, neither of which is the case, he says.’
    • ‘The entire group travelled business class and stayed in some of China's most expensive and exclusive hotels, including the five star Shanghai Okura Garden and Beijing Palace.’
    • ‘There are 108 members of the assembly, and as with any membership of an exciting, closed-off and exclusive club they are treated appropriately.’
    • ‘Strangely, the very exotic, expensive, and supposedly exclusive island of St. Barths ranked 49 on the list of 50!’
    • ‘The last pocket of affordable mooring in the south's home of sailing could soon become an expensive marina and exclusive playground for the rich and famous.’
    • ‘Some banks even include free membership of exclusive clubs for their premium customers.’
    • ‘This was after they had wined and dined me: cruises around Manhattan, outings at exclusive country clubs, and many trips to expensive city restaurants.’
    • ‘The pair do not sell at markets anymore, but their clothes are available in the more exclusive surroundings of Selfridges and boutiques in Brick Lane and Notting Hill.’
    • ‘But what about the upper middle classes who fill up corporate boardrooms, elegant drawing rooms and exclusive clubs?’
    • ‘With rising costs of timber and skilled labour hard to find, woodcarvings have become expensive and the exclusive realm of the rich.’
    select, chic, high-class, elite, fashionable, stylish, elegant, choice, special, premier, grade a
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  • 4exclusive ofNot including.

    ‘prices are exclusive of VAT’
    • ‘The quantum of the difference between the respective parties' positions is $759,000, exclusive of interest.’
    • ‘Are the minimum policy limits inclusive or exclusive of interest?’
    • ‘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.’


  • An item or story published or broadcast by only one source.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The press club syndrome plays its own role in ensuring that the bulk of the news is the same across channels and newspapers and that barring the occasional exclusives and scoops, there are no surprises.’
    • ‘Our claims to fame, and don't let somebody try to tell you differently, are to talk about our stories, our scoops and our exclusives.’
    • ‘Tonight, he scored a slew of exclusives, including the only on-camera conversation with a condemned bomber.’
    • ‘Fixated with the task of printing what it considers to be scoops and exclusives at all costs - even when it had the flimsiest evidence to make its case - the Post has been captured by its own game and, worse, it has become a caricature of itself.’
    • ‘So he assiduously courted the Sun and wooed its boss, soaping them with exclusives and promises of economic responsibility.’
    • ‘There have been a number of newspaper exclusives about ongoing negotiations whereby prices are set to rise, and every journalist is telling the same story.’
    • ‘In a time of flat or declining circulation, we want exclusives - we want separation from the pack.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On occasion it has been criticised for airing exclusives that haven't yet been verified by an independent source - but it is hardly the only channel guilty of that.’
    • ‘Finding decent gaming journalism is pretty difficult, with most media (especially offline) subject to the demands and pressures of game publishers offering exclusives in return for 9 + ratings.’
    • ‘But I'm very keen to correct the idea that the BBC isn't in the business of breaking news or exclusives.’
    • ‘He hopes to reinvest much of the magazine's £1.3 million annual profit in its journalism - especially longer essays and heavily researched exclusives.’
    • ‘Here you can get a taste for the most famous boat race in the world, all the latest shipping news exclusives, current teams doing the moby-dick, and, of course, a race-by-race account.’
    • ‘Her editors gave her a long leash and seemed content with the tradeoff in which they mostly didn't ask questions and she delivered exclusives.’
    • ‘To bring us exclusives, documentary film-makers, like journalists, depend on a mixture of luck and cunning.’
    • ‘Everyone does what everyone else is doing; we cover the same stories and follow up each others’ real or bogus exclusives.’
    • ‘If he were the New York Times's key supplier of exclusives on that subject and, as Miller claims, was not used as an unattributed source, his name should appear in those articles.’
    scoop, exposé, revelation, special, inside story
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Late 15th century (as a noun denoting something that excludes): from medieval Latin exclusivus, from Latin excludere ‘shut out’ (see exclude).