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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The discovery ended the exhaustive search that began late Tuesday night. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Exhaustive search for missing fisherman ends with discovery of the U.S. Army veteran’s body," 3 July 2019 Beissinger says, a determination made after time and exhaustive searches in their habitat. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "What is extinction? The answer is complicated.," 29 May 2019 An exhaustive review by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine found that vaping reduces some of the health risks associated with smoking. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Juul has 60 days to prove it can keep its e-cigs away from kids, FDA warns," 12 Sep. 2018 The ordinance was drafted strictly enough that only those truly committed are able to launch co-ops, advocates and council members said, and outlines an exhaustive and expensive application process. Cassa Niedringhaus, The Denver Post, "Once-controversial, Boulder housing co-ops proving worth in affordability, community," 16 June 2019 The list was illustrative but not exhaustive, raising the possibility that other activities could be permitted under certain interpretations. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "U.S. military intelligence steps up accusation against Russia over nuclear testing," 13 June 2019 Our deepest thanks go out to the forces of the New Canaan and Connecticut State police for their ongoing and exhaustive efforts to locate Jennifer. courant.com, "Friends, family of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos grateful for ‘steady stream of love’ as search continues," 12 June 2019 According to an exhaustive New York Times investigation, salaries accounted for 45 percent of spending by the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children in 2016 and 2017. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019 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

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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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