adjective \ig-ˈz-stiv\

: including all possibilities : very thorough

Full Definition of EXHAUSTIVE

:  including all possibilities :  thorough <conducted an exhaustive search>
ex·haus·tive·ly adverb
ex·haus·tive·ness noun
ex·haus·tiv·i·ty \-ˌz-ˈsti-və-tē\ noun

Examples of EXHAUSTIVE

  1. The list was long but not exhaustive.
  2. <after an exhaustive search of our house, we still hadn't found the cat>

First Known Use of EXHAUSTIVE

circa 1789


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