: including all possibilities : thorough <conducted an exhaustive search>
— ex·haus·tive·ly adverb
— ex·haus·tive·ness noun
— ex·haus·tiv·i·ty \-ˌzȯ-ˈsti-və-tē\ noun
Examples of EXHAUSTIVE
- The list was long but not exhaustive.
- <after an exhaustive search of our house, we still hadn't found the cat>
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