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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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 Moments later, the final whistle blew and the Iranian players laid on the grass after their exhaustive effort. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Spain Overcomes Iran’s Stubborn Defense in the World Cup," 20 June 2018 Rubin’s pure jubilation punctuated his and countless others’ exhaustive efforts to seek justice for Meek. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "Liberty At Last: The Process Behind the 76ers' Bell-Ringing Ceremony," 4 May 2018 After conversations with general manager Dayton Moore and his staff and exhaustive efforts from the front office, the Royals decided to offer El-Abour a chance. Maria Torres, kansascity, "How Reggie Sanders influenced the Royals to sign a player with autism | The Kansas City Star," 14 Apr. 2018 This list is not exhaustive — don't hesitate to do your own research on ways to help, and remember above all to listen to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Allure, "6 Ways to Support Transgender and Nonbinary People Right Now," 21 Oct. 2018 For one thing, the search probably isn’t exhaustive. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Trivial authentication bypass in libssh leaves servers wide open," 17 Oct. 2018 The pitchers and catchers that are invited to spring training, show up, take the Mariners’ exhaustive and extensive physical — the vicious cardiac stress test is no longer used — and then go home for the day. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "A bright, sunny day in Arizona as Mariners pitchers and catchers report for spring training," 12 Feb. 2019 January 2019 marks the first transatlantic print issue of Condé Nast Traveler—and what better issue to launch with than an exhaustive list of our New York and London editors' favorite hotels, resorts, and cruise ships? Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It Takes to Make Our Gold List: Travelogue Podcast," 21 Dec. 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of exhaustive

: including all possibilities : very thorough

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