exhaustive

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adjective ex·haus·tive \ig-ˈzȯ-stiv\

Definition of exhaustive

  1. :  including all possibilities :  thorough conducted an exhaustive search

exhaustively

adverb

exhaustiveness

noun

exhaustivity

play \ig-ˌzȯ-ˈsti-və-tē\ noun

Examples of exhaustive in a Sentence

  1. The list was long but not exhaustive.

  2. after an exhaustive search of our house, we still hadn't found the cat

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First Known Use of exhaustive

circa 1789


EXHAUSTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

exhaustive

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adjective

Definition of exhaustive for English Language Learners

  • : including all possibilities : very thorough



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