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exacting

[ig-zak-ting] /ɪgˈzæk tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
rigid or severe in demands or requirements:
an exacting teacher.
2.
requiring close application or attention:
an exacting task.
3.
given to or characterized by exaction; extortionate.
Origin of exacting
1575-1585
1575-85; exact + -ing2
Related forms
exactingly, adverb
exactingness, noun
nonexacting, adjective
nonexactingly, adverb
nonexactingness, noun
overexacting, adjective
superexacting, adjective
unexacting, adjective

exact

[ig-zakt] /ɪgˈzækt/
adjective
1.
strictly accurate or correct:
an exact likeness; an exact description.
2.
precise, as opposed to approximate:
the exact sum; the exact date.
3.
admitting of no deviation, as laws or discipline; strict or rigorous.
4.
capable of the greatest precision:
exact instruments.
5.
characterized by or using strict accuracy:
an exact thinker.
6.
Mathematics. (of a differential equation) noting that the collection of all terms, equated to zero, is an exact differential.
verb (used with object)
7.
to call for, demand, or require:
to exact respect from one's children.
8.
to force or compel the payment, yielding, or performance of:
to exact money; to exact tribute from a conquered people.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English exacten (v.) < Latin exāctus (past participle of exigere drive out, thrust out), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ag(ere) to drive + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
exactable, adjective
exacter, exactor, noun
exactness, noun
nonexactable, adjective
preexact, adjective, verb (used with object)
quasi-exact, adjective
quasi-exactly, adverb
unexacted, adjective
Synonyms
3. rigid, severe, unbending. 5. methodical, careful, punctilious, demanding, scrupulous. 8. wring. See extract.
Antonyms
1, 2. imprecise.
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  • He thought me a woman who seeks men of renown; he was as jealous and exacting as when his taunts and suspicions separated us.

    Professor Huskins Lettie M. Cummings
  • It never occurred to her that she could have put off this exacting job.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • You must be less jealous and exacting and learn to control yourself.

    Bird of Paradise Ada Leverson
  • Perhaps the most exacting of all authors was "Lewis Carroll."

  • The boys were catching, at first hand, an insight into the exacting nature of trail work.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
British Dictionary definitions for exacting

exacting

/ɪɡˈzæktɪŋ/
adjective
1.
making rigorous or excessive demands: an exacting job
Derived Forms
exactingly, adverb
exactingness, noun

exact

/ɪɡˈzækt/
adjective
1.
correct in every detail; strictly accurate: an exact copy
2.
precise, as opposed to approximate; neither more nor less: the exact sum
3.
(prenominal) specific; particular: this exact spot
4.
operating with very great precision: exact instruments
5.
allowing no deviation from a standard; rigorous; strict: an exact mind
6.
based mainly on measurement and the formulation of laws, as opposed to description and classification: physics is an exact science
verb (transitive)
7.
to force or compel (payment or performance); extort: to exact tribute
8.
to demand as a right; insist upon: to exact respect from one's employees
9.
to call for or require: this work exacts careful effort
Derived Forms
exactable, adjective
exactness, noun
exactor, exacter, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exactus driven out, from exigere to drive forth, from agere to drive
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Word Origin and History for exacting
adj.

"too demanding," 1580s, present participle adjective from exact (v.).

exact

adj.

"precise, rigorous, accurate," 1530s, from Latin exactus "precise, accurate, exact," past participle of exigere "demand, require," literally "to drive or force out," also "demand, finish, measure," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + agere "drive, lead, act" (see act).

v.

mid-15c., from Latin exactus, past participle of exigere (see exact (adj.)). Older in English than the adjective and retaining the literal sense of the Latin source. Related: Exacted; exacting.

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