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 exhaustive (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 Microsoft’s nation-state notifications, of which about 7,500 were issued globally in the period covered by the report, are by no means exhaustive. Frank Bajak, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2021 His honorary titles include: the UNESCO Fellini Gold Medal in 2002, paying tribute for Im’s exhaustive efforts to boost the art of film; and the Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur, from the French government in 2007. Rebecca Souw, Variety, 27 Sep. 2021 Despite exhaustive searches, her body has never been recovered but her bike and helmet were found. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, 17 Aug. 2021 Despite the exhaustive search efforts, authorities still do not know what happened to the child. Fox News, 8 Aug. 2021 His banishment from social media hasn't stopped his exhaustive efforts to get his message across. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 2 Aug. 2021 Daily life in China returned to normal for most people last year due to exhaustive efforts to contain infection clusters and strict quarantine requirements for those entering the country. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 The statewide report outlining paths to 100% clean power, which was led by the California Energy Commission, is less exhaustive by comparison. Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2021 This is a non-exhaustive list, and more Latinx recommendations can be found on Latinx Reads, an Instagram dedicated to books written by, for, and about Latinxs. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Glamour, 10 Sep. 2021

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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 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exhaustive

: including all possibilities : very thorough

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