exacting

adjective ex·act·ing \ ig-ˈzak-tiŋ \

Definition of exacting

1 :tryingly or unremittingly severe in making demands
2 :requiring careful attention and precision

exactingly

play \ig-ˈzak-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

exactingness

noun

Examples of exacting in a Sentence

  1. He has very exacting standards.

  2. he was shocked when his normally exacting supervisor complimented him on a job well done

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First Known Use of exacting

1634

Synonym Discussion of exacting

onerous, burdensome, oppressive, exacting mean imposing hardship. onerous stresses being laborious and heavy especially because distasteful.
    • the onerous task of cleaning up the mess
burdensome suggests causing mental as well as physical strain.
    • burdensome responsibilities
oppressive implies extreme harshness or severity in what is imposed.
    • the oppressive tyranny of a police state
exacting implies rigor or sternness rather than tyranny or injustice in the demands made or in the one demanding.
    • an exacting employer

EXACTING Defined for English Language Learners

exacting

adjective

Definition of exacting for English Language Learners

  • : requiring much time, attention, or effort from someone : very difficult or demanding


EXACTING Defined for Kids

exacting

adjective ex·act·ing \ ig-ˈzak-tiŋ \

Definition of exacting for Students

:expecting a lot from a person
  • an exacting teacher


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