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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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 And if a new fake appears, Moore carefully documents it for StockX’s fake book, an exhaustive catalog of every bogus shoe that has come through the company’s doors since its founding. Joshua David Stein, Town & Country, "When a New Jordan is Released, This Sneaker Authenticator Is Hard at Work for Weeks," 17 Sep. 2018 For an exhaustive look at their relationship up to this point, check out the timeline below. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Are Kendall Jenner and Anwar Hadid Dating? Here's Everything We Know," 7 Sep. 2018 Now, after an exhaustive genealogical investigation, lawyers representing potential heirs have filed a lengthy report in Cook County Probate Court that for the first time puts the entire Maier family tree into focus. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Genealogical investigation uncovers 10 heirs of famed Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier," 26 June 2018

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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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