Many of us (rightfully so!) are thinking about how to be inclusive these days. But “inclusive” can be a fluffy word. One way to BE something is to look at what the opposite is and make sure you are NOT doing that (a concept similar to Inversion).

I found 25 words that are the opposite of inclusive. These are all an antonym of inclusive you might want to know about and avoid.

What is the opposite of inclusive?

Since “inclusive” is a good word, the opposite of it (aka antonym) is usually not so great (even bad). Here are 25 words that are an “inclusive” antonym.

If you use these “inclusive” antonyms, they might be viewed negatively.

  1. Adversarial — when people oppose or disagree with each other
  2. Asocial — when people are not interested in forming connections or social groups
  3. Censorious — being severely critical of other people
  4. Cliquish —  forming exclusive groups that are not welcoming to outsiders
  5. Closed-minded — unwilling to consider different ideas and opinion, unlike your own
  6. Discriminative — showing unjust or prejudice in the treatment of different categories of people, based on race, sex, age, disability, and more
  7. Elitist — viewing people as inferior because they lack power, wealth, or status
  8. Exclusionary — excluding a person or group of people based on race, sex, age, disability, and more
  9. Exclusive — excluding people from participating in certain activities because of their race, sex, age, disability, or other differences
  10. Homogeneous — the same or a similar kind or nature
  11. Incomplete — not full or finished
  12. Inequitable — unjust or not equal
  13. Inflexible — unwilling to change or compromise
  14. Isolationist — wanting to remain apart from the affairs or interests of other groups
  15. Limited — being restricted, confined, or narrow
  16. Narrow — being limited to small areas of interests, activities, or thoughts
  17. Oppressive — unfair or cruel
  18. Prejudiced — showing dislike or bias against people who are not the same as you
  19. Racist — prejudiced against people based on their racial or ethnic group (typically one that is a minority or marginalized)
  20. Restrictive — being limited or preventing growth
  21. Selective — intentionally choosing certain things but not others, including groups of people
  22. Singular — referring to one type of person or thing
  23. Slanted — presenting or viewing information from one angle, especially in a biased or unfair way.
  24. Tribalistic — only showing loyalty to one’s own tribe or social group.
  25. Undemocratic — when a system or process is controlled or made by one person or a small group, instead of by all of the people involved

Why I wrote this?

Our mission here at Ongig is to transform your job descriptions to attract top-tier and diverse talent. Our Text Analyzer software analyzes every word of your job descriptions to ensure they are inclusive to everyone.


  1. What is the opposite of inclusive? (by WordHippo)
  2. Collins Dictionary
  3. Inclusive antonyms. What is the opposite word for Inclusive? (by Thesaurus Plus)
  4. Cambridge Dictionary
  5. Inclusive (by Merriam-Webster)
  6. Oxford Languages Dictionary

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