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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Palmer releases constant content and exclusive, exhaustive blog posts for fans, but there are other approaches. Jed Gottlieb, Billboard, "How Amanda Palmer Is Raising Even More Funding Than She Did on Kickstarter," 11 July 2018 After exhaustive restoration, the Bentley is ready for its closeup, and will be one of the stars of the 40th edition of the annual car show, which includes a full weekend of activities July 27-29 at the picturesque Inn at St. Johns resort. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Saddam Hussein’s 1958 Bentley stars at Concours d'Elegance of America," 11 July 2018 In an exhaustive 16-page ruling that touched on such scientific matters as the ice age and early observations of carbon dioxide, U.S. District Judge William Alsup said the problem of a warming planet is just too big for the courts to solve. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Judge throws out SF and Oakland climate change suits against oil companies," 25 June 2018 This is an exhaustive body of research, backed by independent academic researchers, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. German Lopez, Vox, "Needle exchanges have been exhaustively studied — and proved to work. But stigma remains.," 22 June 2018 In other words, Ms. Jamison is after greatness, and this is an exhaustive and definitive Big Book, expressing the contemporary trope of sobriety that directly mirrors religious conversion. Kate Christensen, WSJ, "‘The Recovering’ Review: When Another Drink Will Kill You," 20 Apr. 2018 The other children immediately notified adults, who called 911, initiating a frantic and exhaustive 12-hour search of labyrinthine underground pipes using cameras propped on flotation devices. Amanda Lee Myers, chicagotribune.com, "Rescuers find teen 12 hours after he was washed away in a 'maze' of drainage pipes in California," 2 Apr. 2018 Bel Air was designed a Sustainable Community by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development in 2013, following the town’s production and passage of an exhaustive sustainable community plan. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air achieves several milestones, seeks sustainable community recertification," 10 July 2018 Here, a non-exhaustive last look at some of the highlights. Vogue, "From Ana Khouri to Tasaki, A Survey of Couture Week’s Coolest Jewels," 9 July 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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