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Definition of "exclusive" []

  • Excluding or tending to exclude: exclusive barriers. (adjective)
  • Not allowing something else; incompatible: mutually exclusive conditions. (adjective)
  • Not divided or shared with others: exclusive publishing rights. (adjective)
  • Not accompanied by others; single or sole: your exclusive function. (adjective)
  • Complete; undivided: gained their exclusive attention. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "exclusive" in a sentence
  • "Whether it was an individual, a community, a district, or a nation, that in this way acquired an exclusive right of ownership of the land, was immaterial: it was necessarily an _exclusive_ right, otherwise no one would put any labour into the land."
  • "The word exclusive suddenly rang alarm bells in my head."
  • "UNCLOS, some states (e.g. the United Kingdom) have chosen not to claim an EEZ, but rather to claim jurisdiction over the living resources off their coast; in such cases, the term exclusive fishing zone is often used; the breadth of this zone is normally the same as the EEZ or 200 nautical miles"