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Meaning of exclusive

ex•clu•sive

Pronunciation: (ik-skl'siv, -ziv), [key]
— adj.
  1. not admitting of something else; incompatible: mutually exclusive plans of action.
  2. omitting from consideration or account (often fol. by of&hasp;): a profit of ten percent, exclusive of taxes.
  3. limited to the object or objects designated: exclusive attention to business.
  4. shutting out all others from a part or share: an exclusive right to film the novel.
  5. fashionable; stylish: to patronize only the most exclusive designers.
  6. charging comparatively high prices; expensive: exclusive shops.
  7. noting that in which no others have a share: exclusive information.
  8. single or sole: the exclusive means of communication between two places.
  9. disposed to resist the admission of outsiders to association, intimacy, etc.: an exclusive circle of intimate friends.
  10. admitting only members of a socially restricted or very carefully selected group: an exclusive club.
  11. excluding or tending to exclude, as from use or possession: exclusive laws.
  12. (of the first person plural) excluding the person or persons spoken to, as we in We'll see you later. Cf. inclusive (def. 4).
—n.
  1. a piece of news, or the reporting of a piece of news, obtained by a newspaper or other news organization, along with the privilege of using it first.
  2. an exclusive right or privilege: to have an exclusive on providing fuel oil to the area.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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