exhaustive

adjective
ex·​haus·​tive | \ ig-ˈzȯ-stiv \

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 \ 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

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Rebuilding a Wankel at 80,000-100,000 miles is typical, and earlier than most piston engine need such exhaustive work. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Why Car Lovers Are So Mad for Mazda’s Rotary Engine Revival," 21 May 2018 The American importer was eventually prosecuted, but that success required two years of exhaustive work. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "That Python in the Pet Store? It May Have Been Snatched From the Wild," 9 Apr. 2018 My time observing the kids at Patrick Henry was, by no means, an exhaustive study in personalized learning. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sends $14 million to CPS for 'personalized learning'," 1 May 2018 In a book that doesn’t aim to be exhaustive yet borders on the overstuffed, Ms. Gubar wisely groups her readings by subject. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, "‘Late-Life Love’ Review: The Glow at Sunset," 22 Nov. 2018 As Brexit’s March 29, 2019, deadline inches ever closer, here’s a look at some possible (though definitely not exhaustive) outcomes. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The many unpredictable outcomes of Brexit, explained," 21 Nov. 2018 Based on exhaustive research and countless interviews, this book circles around Belichick to tell his full story for the first time, and presents an incisive portrait of a mastermind at work. Fox News, "'Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time' by Ian O'Connor," 25 Sep. 2018 Temo, now 41, declined to be interviewed for this story, citing the exhaustive toll of his wife’s imminent removal. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wife of Marine veteran in Polk County facing deportation," 16 June 2018 Those looking for an excellent, exhaustive treatment of Marley’s entire life should still turn to the two-plus-hours-long Marley, Kevin Macdonald’s 2012 film. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Netflix’s New Bob Marley Documentary, Who Shot the Sheriff?, Isn’t Just Another Behind the Music—It’s a Story of Jamaica at War With Itself," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of exhaustive

circa 1789, in the meaning defined above

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exhaustive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of exhaustive

: including all possibilities : very thorough

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