Definition of exclusivity in English:



mass noun
  • 1The practice of excluding or not admitting other things.

    ‘these banks maintain their exclusivity by setting minimum entry standards’
    ‘the event was criticized for its exclusivity’
    • ‘It all set a tone of exclusivity and privilege, an air of refinement reserved for corporate leaders and tweedy intellectuals.’
    • ‘We share a history of racial exclusivity.’
    • ‘He reveals the type of sinister social manoeuvers necessary to maintain the exclusivity of the aristocracy.’
    • ‘In 1999, it admitted its first 10 female members — ending 212 years of male exclusivity.’
    • ‘This movement away from the origins of the event only reinforced its social exclusivity.’
    • ‘The event was criticized by leading feminists for its gender exclusivity.’
    1. 1.1 The inability to exist or be true if something else exists or is true.
      ‘those that maintain exclusivity of religion—that is, one particular religion is the only true religion’
      • ‘While dualism runs deep in our traditions, it is only with Descartes that body and mind are defined in terms of mutual exclusivity.’
      • ‘One traditional answer is that these are not instances of conversion because there is no ideology of exclusivity between these sects or religions.’
      • ‘This sets up the mutual exclusivity of the native expert and the ignorant tourist.’
      • ‘There are those who insist upon the complementarity and exclusivity of combatant and civilian statuses.’
      • ‘We are embarrassed by the two technologies' mutual exclusivity, just as we blush and groan when computer-generated graphics stick out sorely from live action.’
  • 2Restriction to a particular person, group, or area.

    ‘those inside the circle cultivate an air of exclusivity’
    as modifier ‘we have exclusivity agreements with companies’
    • ‘Concerns over protection of the data exclusivity of pharmaceutical products may be resolved soon.’
    • ‘The company has been criticised for not securing exclusivity on popular video games.’
    • ‘The condition appears to have almost male exclusivity, with several large series of studies having no female patients.’
    • ‘The newspaper will not require advertisers to sign an exclusivity agreement.’
    • ‘The provision gives schools the authority to offer milk at any time and anywhere on school premises or at school events, precluding future exclusivity clauses in soft drink vending contracts.’
    • ‘Agents and publishers can demand exclusivity from writers and then do nothing, as happened to me.’
    • ‘The new version of the product was expected to gain at least three years marketing exclusivity from the FDA and a patent application is pending.’
    1. 2.1 The fact of an item or story not being published or broadcast elsewhere.
      ‘there is no sense in us sharing coverage, and we would insist on exclusivity’
      ‘agents and publishers can demand exclusivity’
      • ‘Make no mistake, we'll get pretty worked up should another hack claim exclusivity for a story that we did first.’
      • ‘Unlike the print magazines, which generally require exclusivity, websites will publish stories that other media also cover.’
      • ‘We compete with two other large daily newspapers in our market so exclusivity is an issue we deal with every day.’
      • ‘Another channel now has the rights to broadcast it live, and so we did not have the exclusivity.’
      • ‘The results are made available free to news organisations, though the latter can secure temporary exclusivity by providing half of a story's funding.’
  • 3The state of catering for or being affordable by only a few, select customers.

    ‘the hotel's emphasis is on exclusivity and luxury’
    • ‘Starting in 1958 with a purple credit card — the color of royalty — they sought to attract consumers with a feeling of exclusivity.’
    • ‘"The firms want to maintain the exclusivity, because that gives them something to sell," she says.’
    • ‘The club's teak-panelled walls speak of years of tradition, privilege, and exclusivity, dating back to its founding in 1896.’
    • ‘In the 1960s, luxury and exclusivity of air travel was put forward.’
    • ‘The creators were all dressed in tuxedos, and to preserve an air of exclusivity, they were only letting in a limited amount of people.’