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 exhaustive (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 There followed an exacting process managed by Dykstra Naval Architects, involving composite experts Gurit, and exhaustive testing by laboratories at the Delft University of Technology in Holland and Italy’s University of Messina. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 22 Oct. 2021 Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has supported exhaustive audits of the 2020 results to look for evidence of voting irregularities that repeated reviews have failed to produce. New York Times, 17 Oct. 2021 The latest version of USA TODAY’s exhaustive college football head coach salary database was released on Thursday. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Oct. 2021 In fact, exhaustive analyses showed that there wasn’t any regular global structure to the cellular activity whatsoever. Quanta Magazine, 14 Oct. 2021 Non-exhaustive elements, each likely requiring dedicated congressional committees and extensive hearings and rigorous formulation of an entire suite of reforms, follow: One: Continual Regulatory Liberalization Instead of Stimulus. Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 What started as an inability to sustain my exhaustive A.M. cleaning sessions slowly evolved into surrender. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 12 Oct. 2021 There are less than three weeks until Halloween, and my colleague Carlos Munoz has an exhaustive guide to all the ways thrill seekers can celebrate in Rhode Island. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Oct. 2021 But Ardern said most measures would remain in place to keep the outbreak under control, including exhaustive contact tracing and isolating those who got infected. Fox News, 4 Oct. 2021

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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 27 Oct. 2021.

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exhaustive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of exhaustive

: including all possibilities : very thorough

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