1 incompatible, inimical; unshared, unique, absolute, restricted, limited:
Exclusive concepts, like 'animal' and 'vegetable', do not coincide save in their both being 'alive'. Our newspaper printed the exclusive story of the disaster.
2 chic, clannish, choice, upper-class, aristocratic, closed, restricted, restrictive, private, snobbish, fashionable, elegant, stylish, select, Colloq trendy, Slang classy:
They are seen in the most exclusive nightclubs.
3 only, single, one, sole, singular, unique:
Boats are the exclusive means of transport here.
4 Usually, exclusive of. excluding, excepting, except for, omitting, ignoring, leaving aside, apart from, (de)barring, not counting, eliminating:
Charges range from $220 to $350 a night, exclusive of meals.
1 belonging to/used by only one person/group
the course's almost exclusive concentration on grammar
| not necessarily
The recording deal is not necessarily exclusive. The band can record material for other companies as well.
These products are exclusive to our shops.
2 not welcoming to everyone
be | become | remain | keep sth
The owners of the golf club are determined to keep it exclusive.
very | quite, rather, somewhat
a somewhat exclusive venue
The school is expensive and necessarily exclusive.
| racially, socially
3 not able to exist/be true at the same time
The two options are not mutually exclusive (= you can have them both).
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