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 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 Below is a non-exhaustive list of taxable and non-taxable cryptocurrency transactions. Shehan Chandrasekera, Forbes, "Step By Step Guide To Filing Your Cryptocurrency Taxes," 28 Apr. 2021 The non-exhaustive list below is from this clutch of destinations. Siva Sithraputhran, Fortune, "Fully vaccinated and nowhere to go: New travel advisories leave Americans with slim pickings," 25 Apr. 2021 Here is a non-exhaustive list of things that are not punk: Netflix, big-budget biopics, Pete Davidson. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Hey, Ho, Hell No: Pete Davidson to Play Joey Ramone in a Netflix Biopic," 15 Apr. 2021 After an exhaustive search, archaeologists at Maryland's Historic St. Mary’s museum have located St. Mary's Fort, the state's first European settlement and the United States' fourth English colony. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Archaeologists uncover first Maryland colonial site after decades-long search," 24 Mar. 2021 The non-exhaustive list of considerations includes assessing how much Congress really needs the information in question, whether the subpoena is narrowly drawn, whether the information Congress sought was available from other sources, and so on. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Justice Department Refuses to Testify before Nadler’s Judiciary Committee," 23 Sep. 2020 The unprecedented rush of bodies has forced the crematorium to skip individual ceremonies and exhaustive rituals that Hindus believe release the soul from the cycle of rebirth. Arkansas Online, "Virus 'swallowing' people in India; crematoriums overwhelmed," 25 Apr. 2021 The unprecedented rush of bodies has forced the crematorium to skip individual ceremonies and exhaustive rituals that Hindus believe release the soul from the cycle of rebirth. Sheikh Saaliq And Aijaz Hussain, chicagotribune.com, "As India is overwhelmed by record numbers of COVID-19 cases, family members plead for oxygen for loved ones outside hospitals," 25 Apr. 2021 The unprecedented rush of bodies has forced the crematorium to skip individual ceremonies and exhaustive rituals that Hindus believe release the soul from the cycle of rebirth. BostonGlobe.com, "India’s crematoriums overwhelmed as virus ‘swallows people’," 25 Apr. 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 14 May. 2021.

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exhaustive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of exhaustive

: including all possibilities : very thorough

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