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4 requiring much time, effort, or careful attention
  • writing will always be an exacting task

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present participle of exact

Synonyms & Antonyms of exacting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to ask for (something) earnestly or with authority
  • every war inevitably exacts the greatest sacrifice possible from some of the nation's best and brightest

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2 to establish or apply as a charge or penalty
  • vowed to exact a heavy fine from any hockey player engaging in such outrageous behavior on the ice

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3 to get (as money) by the use of force or threats
  • that loan shark can be counted upon to exact repayment of his loan by whatever means necessary

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How does the adjective exacting contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of exacting are burdensome, onerous, and oppressive. While all these words mean "imposing hardship," exacting implies rigor or sternness rather than tyranny or injustice in the demands made or in the one demanding.

an exacting employer

When would burdensome be a good substitute for exacting?

In some situations, the words burdensome and exacting are roughly equivalent. However, burdensome suggests causing mental as well as physical strain.

burdensome responsibilities

Where would onerous be a reasonable alternative to exacting?

Although the words onerous and exacting have much in common, onerous stresses being laborious and heavy especially because distasteful.

the onerous task of cleaning up the mess

When could oppressive be used to replace exacting?

While the synonyms oppressive and exacting are close in meaning, oppressive implies extreme harshness or severity in what is imposed.

the oppressive tyranny of a police state

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The first known use of exacting was in 1634

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“Exacting.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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