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
Recent Examples on the Web The women accompanying Kardashian West were actually commuted thanks in part to her exhaustive efforts. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Kim Kardashian Heads To The White House To Fight For Women Behind Bars," 5 Mar. 2020 Carrillo collapsed during the 1.5 mile run portion of the PRT; initial responders provided exhaustive resuscitation efforts. Fox News, "Naval Academy midshipman who died during physical readiness test is identified," 10 Feb. 2020 Officials said initial responders provided exhaustive resuscitation efforts, then Carrillo was rushed to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:23 p.m. Saturday. Houston Chronicle, "Texas 21-year-old dies during Naval Academy physical readiness test," 9 Feb. 2020 Dozens of investigators pursued things such as overheard conversations in bars, interviews with family members and co-workers, and an exhaustive effort to find surveillance footage at gas stations from Janesville to Superior. Bill Glauber, USA TODAY, "Jayme Closs investigation: Records detail close calls, bum leads and an astrologer," 21 Dec. 2019 Mosby’s office launched an exhaustive effort to review thousands of arrests made by the rogue squad and those implicated at trial. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Mosby lists 25 Baltimore police officers as discredited; prosecutors begin wiping out 790 convictions," 4 Oct. 2019 There’s good reason for the credit card executive’s exhaustive efforts. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "Jingles All the Way: How Sonic Branding Is Helping Companies Get Heard in the Voice Computing Age," 7 Sep. 2019 Nor is this list exhaustive (The Bridge, Wallander, Borgen, and Trapped are among those deserving their own inventory). Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "20 Undersung Crime Shows to Binge-Watch," 23 Apr. 2020 The women accompanying Kardashian West were actually commuted thanks in part to her exhaustive efforts. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Kim Kardashian Heads To The White House To Fight For Women Behind Bars," 5 Mar. 2020

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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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27 May 2020

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“Exhaustive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhaustive. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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exhaustive

adjective
How to pronounce exhaustive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of exhaustive

: including all possibilities : very thorough

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