exacting

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adjective ex·act·ing \ig-ˈzak-tiŋ\

Definition of exacting

  1. 1 :  tryingly or unremittingly severe in making demands

  2. 2 :  requiring careful attention and precision

exactingly

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exactingness

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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>

1634

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

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adjective ex·act·ing \ig-ˈzak-tiŋ\

Definition of exacting for English Language Learners

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


EXACTING Defined for Kids

exacting

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adjective ex·act·ing \ig-ˈzak-tiŋ\

Definition of exacting for Students

  1. :  expecting a lot from a person <an exacting teacher>



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