Etymology
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inclusive (adv.)

"including the stated limits in the number or sum," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin inclusivus, from Latin inclus-, past participle stem of includere "to shut in, enclose" (see include).

inclusive (adj.)

"characterized by including a great deal, leaving little out," c. 1600, from Medieval Latin inclusivus (see inclusive (adv.)). The Middle English adjective was incluse "confined, shut in" (late 14c.). Related: Inclusively; inclusiveness.

updated on November 05, 2015

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Definitions of inclusive from WordNet

inclusive (adj.)
including much or everything; and especially including stated limits;
an inclusive fee
from Monday to Friday inclusive
an inclusive art form
his concept of history is modern and inclusive
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