exclusive (adj.)

mid-15c., "so as to exclude;" 1560s, "that excludes," from Medieval Latin exclusivus, from exclus-, past participle stem of excludere (see exclude). Of monopolies, rights, franchises, etc., from 1760s; of social circles, clubs, etc., "unwilling to admit outsiders," from 1822. Related: Exclusively; exclusiveness.

updated on September 22, 2014

Definitions of exclusive from WordNet
exclusive (adj.)
not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective;
gained their exclusive attention
Synonyms: single / undivided
exclusive (adj.)
not divided or shared with others;
they have exclusive use of the machine
Synonyms: sole
exclusive (adj.)
excluding much or all; especially all but a particular group or minority;
exclusive clubs
an exclusive restaurants and shops
exclusive (n.)
a news report that is reported first by one news organization;
Synonyms: scoop
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