ex·​act·​ing | \ ig-ˈzak-tiŋ How to pronounce exacting (audio) \

Definition of exacting

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

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Other Words from exacting

exactingly \ ig-​ˈzak-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce exactingly (audio) \ adverb
exactingness noun

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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

Examples of exacting in a Sentence

He has very exacting standards. he was shocked when his normally exacting supervisor complimented him on a job well done
Recent Examples on the Web In February, authority figures could be more exacting than usual, so be sure to follow the rules. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 19, 2019: Taurus, enjoy the freedom to come and go; Capricorn, make time for you," 19 Oct. 2019 The glass flowers are marvels: so exacting in detail as to be a kind of botanical virtual reality, only this version of VR is analog and in three dimensions. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "At Harvard, glass flowers that perfect the imperfection of decay," 5 Sep. 2019 The regimen was exacting but relatively kid friendly. Bob Roehr, Smithsonian, "How the Gut Microbiome Could Provide a New Tool to Treat Autism," 14 June 2019 In every shop owned by women, there’s a spirit of graciousness, kindness, and exacting, serious taste. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The American Art Fair at Bohemian Hall: Time-Tested Treasures," 16 Nov. 2019 Considered the congregation’s third sanctuary, since the 1886 restoration was so extensive, the new church as designed by architect Marvin Eickenroht was finished on time on an exacting schedule. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s ‘Rooster church’ celebrates Depression-era renewal," 16 Nov. 2019 Each winner has been tested by our editorial team under exacting standards. David Kender, USA TODAY, "Introducing the Reviewed 100: The best products we tested in 2019," 4 Nov. 2019 Regan’s book unfolds in episodic snapshots, their chronology ricocheting like a pinball; the effect is less a life story than an exacting, often disquieting exercise in excavating the self. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "“Burn the Place” Is a Thrilling, Disquieting Memoir of Addiction and Coming of Age," 15 Oct. 2019 No player this century was so precise with his passes, so exacting when directing the defense. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "SI's NBA All-Decade Team: Second Team," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of exacting

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exacting

from present participle of exact entry 1

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The first known use of exacting was in 1634

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5 Dec 2019

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“Exacting.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exactingness. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of exacting

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


ex·​act·​ing | \ ig-ˈzak-tiŋ How to pronounce exacting (audio) \

Kids Definition of exacting

: expecting a lot from a person an exacting teacher

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