ex·​haus·​tive | \ ig-ˈzȯ-stiv How to pronounce exhaustive (audio) \

Definition of exhaustive

: including all possibilities : thorough conducted an exhaustive search

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Other Words from exhaustive

exhaustively adverb
exhaustiveness noun
exhaustivity \ ig-​ˌzȯ-​ˈsti-​və-​tē How to pronounce exhaustivity (audio) \ 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 But early this month, after years of exhaustive work by the U.S. intelligence community and government, two of the men involved in the grisly murders were transported to the U.S. to face justice. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Bringing the 'ISIS Beatles' to justice in US courts: Behind the complex mission," 21 Oct. 2020 The effort provides real examples of problems that more exhaustive datasets have indicated could occur. Matt Wynn, USA TODAY, "Election 2020: Mail-in ballots could face long waits in Michigan, Ohio, other swing states," 21 Oct. 2020 The stunning and exhaustive investigation by the New York Times into President Donald Trump’s tax records deserves not to be lost in the unending onslaught of news on this president and administration. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Don't overlook the mystery of Trump's taxes," 8 Oct. 2020 Our data may not be exhaustive as Facebook has continued to remove pages and groups from its platform that demonstrate support for QAnon. Gianluca Mezzofiore, Katie Polglase And Tim Lister, CNN, "How a dangerous virtual cult is going global," 7 Oct. 2020 Pitchers who can last several innings will be valuable; one exhaustive day for the bullpen could compromise the relief corps in the following days. Jorge Castillo Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Padres might not have Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet vs. Dodgers," 4 Oct. 2020 Mangrove, which runs over two hours, is an exhaustive and heavy-handed recreation of a case that was other than earth-shattering. Kyle Smith, National Review, "How a Black Community Learned to Fight Back," 28 Sep. 2020 Trump claimed $70,000 in hair care expenses as a deduction on his income taxes, according to an exhaustive analysis of his tax records, conducted by New York Times journalists. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Donald Trump’s $70,000 in hair care expenses puts all previous hair scandals to shame. (Including, obviously, mine.)," 28 Sep. 2020 As detailed in an exhaustive 113-page memo released to teams on Tuesday night and obtained by The Denver Post, maintaining a safe environment while preventing the spread of the coronavirus is the league’s priority for the reboot. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "3 years ago, Rockies’ Nolan Arenado hits for the cycle in amazing fashion on Father’s Day," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of exhaustive

circa 1789, in the meaning defined above

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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 28 Oct. 2020.

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: including all possibilities : very thorough

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