exhaustive

adjective

ex·​haus·​tive ig-ˈzȯ-stiv How to pronounce exhaustive (audio)
: including all possibilities : thorough
conducted an exhaustive search
exhaustively adverb
exhaustiveness noun
exhaustivity noun

Examples of exhaustive in a Sentence

The list was long but not exhaustive. after an exhaustive search of our house, we still hadn't found the cat
Recent Examples on the Web Laws forcing innovative firms to conduct exhaustive tests over a span of decades to prove usefulness and safety are one possible measure. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 9 June 2024 Before embarking on his exhaustive tour, Timberlake reunited with the rest of NSYNC at a one-night-only show in Los Angeles in March. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 3 June 2024 This list is hardly exhaustive, the hunt for useful role players is an ongoing and evolving one, everyone looking for ways to replicate the success of the surviving teams in the NBA playoffs. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2024 In fact, this moment may plant a seed of inquiry that spirals into a more exhaustive research project. Steph Koyfman, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for exhaustive 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exhaustive was circa 1789

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“Exhaustive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhaustive. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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exhaustive

adjective
ex·​haus·​tive ig-ˈzȯ-stiv How to pronounce exhaustive (audio)
: trying all possibilities : thorough
an exhaustive search
exhaustively adverb
exhaustiveness noun

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