exhaustive

adjective
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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Some were understandably concerned about her wellbeing due to her exhaustive hustling and limited meals. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Cut Out Carbs, Sugar, Dairy, Meat, Fish, and Alcohol from Her Pre-Coachella Diet," 19 Apr. 2019 Here's a non-exhaustive list: Rebecca is sick (and possibly dying), Kevin has a son, Nicky is back in the picture, Kate's nowhere to be found, and Toby has a goatee that desperately needs shaving. Glamour, "This Is Us Season 4: Everything We Know So Far," 3 Apr. 2019 And — to their credit — those propaganda arms provide exhaustive detail to supporters around the country of what happens in closed courtrooms. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert," 15 May 2018 If anything, the memos appeared to bolster the credibility of Comey -- given their exhaustive detail. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Comey memos renew questions over Trump's behavior," 20 Apr. 2018 Some states have exhaustive details of infractions, while others may not list them at all. Matt Wynn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "There's a tool to help states find problem doctors. Why do so few use it?," 7 Mar. 2018 Of course, the extent of location-tracking in popular apps is far more exhaustive than just the 20 reviewed by the Times. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Popular Apps Are Tracking And Selling Your Location Data to an Alarming Degree," 10 Dec. 2018 Richard Klein, a professor of urban studies and business at Cleveland State, wrote an exhaustive account of the evolution of drug stores, chronicling their rise from neighborhood stores to nationwide giants. Patrick Cooley, cleveland.com, "Cleveland State University professor's book reveals history of the drug store industry," 7 Jan. 2018 An exhaustive decontamination effort that began in April focused on nine sites related to the Skripals’ movements on March 4, the day they were stricken. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "2 in U.K. Exposed to Novichok, Nerve Agent That Sickened Ex-Spy," 4 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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