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[ig-zaws-tiv] /ɪgˈzɔs tɪv/
exhausting a subject, topic, etc.; comprehensive; thorough:
He published an exhaustive study of Greek vases.
tending to exhaust or drain, as resources or strength:
a protracted, exhaustive siege of illness.
Origin of exhaustive
1780-90; exhaust + -ive
Related forms
exhaustively, adverb
exhaustiveness, noun
nonexhaustive, adjective
nonexhaustively, adverb
nonexhaustiveness, noun
unexhaustive, adjective
unexhaustively, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exhaustive
  • Signs offering travellers an exhaustive account of troop movements and battles fought line the roads.
  • Take a look at the festival website to see the exhaustive list of free attractions.
  • Each topic area leads to an exhaustive listing of the various elements, and finally to detailed pages on each.
  • Weigh in with your own suggestions below, as this list is by no means exhaustive.
  • After an exhaustive search, he finds a small bag of marijuana but no stereos.
  • As the exhaustive introduction and preface make clear, it is all unadorned tragedy.
  • It should not be treated as being exhaustive of the realms of possibility.
  • He appears to have done exhaustive research on this topic and era, and writes in an easy to read, visual style.
  • If you want it spoiled in exhaustive detail, click the link below, slacker.
  • As is customary, this list is hardly exhaustive or comprehensive.
British Dictionary definitions for exhaustive


comprehensive in scope; thorough: an exhaustive survey
tending to exhaust
Derived Forms
exhaustively, adverb
exhaustiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for exhaustive

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

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