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 second episode details Stewart's exhaustive search for evidence that Earl Van Best, Jr., was the Zodiac Killer. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Most Dangerous Animal of All': TV Review," 6 Mar. 2020 By mid-November, after an exhaustive search for Ms. Parze, the authorities had all but concluded that Mr. Ozbilgen was responsible for her disappearance, the Monmouth County prosecutor said on Monday. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Stephanie Parze: Ex-Boyfriend Confessed to Her Killing in Suicide Note," 27 Jan. 2020 After years of exhaustive searches, police used DNA to link Warrick to the crimes. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Suspect in ‘Potomac River Rapist’ cases makes first appearance in D.C. court," 21 Nov. 2019 FC Cincinnati joined Major League Soccer after an exhaustive expansion process that saw the Orange & Blue become the third top-tier professional sports franchise in town. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "Decade in review: The 10 biggest Cincinnati collegiate/pro sports stories from the 2010s," 27 Dec. 2019 The public cache of Parnas' materials is not exhaustive. Anchorage Daily News, "How Lev Parnas worked his way into Trump’s world - and now is rattling it," 19 Jan. 2020 The Coyotes, like many NHL teams, are exhaustive with the amount of video scouting and opponent analysis that is done before each game. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes prepare for 'dangerous' Maple Leafs after Toronto fires coach," 20 Nov. 2019 Months of exhaustive searches with law enforcement, volunteers and cadaver dogs followed. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Body of missing Southfield woman Adrienne Quintal found in northern Michigan," 22 Dec. 2019 The exhaustive 10-day-long search for an autistic teen who walked out of his Wyoming home during a cold spell, wearing pajamas and no shoes, was changed Wednesday from a rescue effort to a recovery effort. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Search for autistic teen missing in Wyoming winter weather is now a recovery mission," 21 Nov. 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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“Exhaustive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhaustive. Accessed 29 Mar. 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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