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exhaustive

[ig-zaws-tiv] /ɪgˈzɔs tɪv/
adjective
1.
exhausting a subject, topic, etc.; comprehensive; thorough:
He published an exhaustive study of Greek vases.
2.
tending to exhaust or drain, as resources or strength:
a protracted, exhaustive siege of illness.
Origin of exhaustive
1780-1790
1780-90; exhaust + -ive
Related forms
exhaustively, adverb
exhaustiveness, noun
nonexhaustive, adjective
nonexhaustively, adverb
nonexhaustiveness, noun
unexhaustive, adjective
unexhaustively, adverb
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exhaustive

/ɪɡˈzɔːstɪv/
adjective
1.
comprehensive in scope; thorough: an exhaustive survey
2.
tending to exhaust
Derived Forms
exhaustively, adverb
exhaustiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for exhaustive
adj.

1780s, from exhaust + -ive. Related: Exhaustively; exhaustiveness.

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