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

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The Wilder flurry pierced the mainstream in 2018, when Caroline Frasier’s exhaustive and illuminating biography Prairie Fires won the Pulitzer. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Little House, Big Fans: These People Really, Really Love Laura Ingalls Wilder," 24 Aug. 2019 The book has been hailed by reviewers as an exhaustive and comprehensive volume about the space race and the iconic mission. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "7 books to pick up to catch up on the story of Apollo 11," 20 July 2019 After an exhaustive investigation, many of those same critics still struggle to accept that Mr. Mueller and his investigative team of Democratic donors found no collusion and charged the president with no crime. Chuck Grassley, WSJ, "The Foreign Influence We’re Ignoring," 9 June 2019 Continuing their exhaustive search for the next pop superstar, producers for the iconic TV singing competition held an open audition session. Dai Sugano, The Mercury News, "Video: Watch ‘American Idol’ contestants’ performance in San Jose," 6 Sep. 2019 The town hall was exhausting but not exhaustive, and an admission that the topic deserves more airtime but won’t get it during the Democratic debates. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "CNN’s epic town hall on climate was a perfect time capsule for an unprecedented moment," 5 Sep. 2019 For the Ars staff, our lists of nostalgic games are exhaustive, but a few titles still stand out as the true gateways to the years of gaming that followed. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Staffsource: Ars staffers reminisce on the games that made them gamers," 22 Aug. 2019 The exhaustive search has included 360-degree imaging sonar which is placed on the bottom of the lake and gives a 360-degree image of the area. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Couple charged with criminally negligent homicide in boat crash that killed Kelsey Starling," 21 Aug. 2019 Cheng’s family described an exhaustive search for him in a Facebook message posted late Tuesday. Washington Post, "China confirms it detained U.K. consulate official but does not say why," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of exhaustive

: including all possibilities : very thorough

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