- rigid or severe in demands or requirements: an exacting teacher.
- requiring close application or attention: an exacting task.
- given to or characterized by exaction; extortionate.
Origin of exacting
- strictly accurate or correct: an exact likeness; an exact description.
- precise, as opposed to approximate: the exact sum; the exact date.
- admitting of no deviation, as laws or discipline; strict or rigorous.
- capable of the greatest precision: exact instruments.
- characterized by or using strict accuracy: an exact thinker.
- Mathematics. (of a differential equation) noting that the collection of all terms, equated to zero, is an exact differential.
- to call for, demand, or require: to exact respect from one's children.
- to force or compel the payment, yielding, or performance of: to exact money; to exact tribute from a conquered people.
Origin of exact
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Examples from the Web for exacting
Qualification is exacting, and a majority of the teams that do qualify are from the West.Best Way to Punish Putin? No World Cup
July 20, 2014
Brazier was feared for her ferocious tempers and respected for her exacting standards.The Queen of the French Kitchen
March 26, 2014
Munro is a great writer; a wise writer; a free and brave, exacting, transformative, generous, and profoundly discreet writer.Alice Munro, Cinderella Story
October 12, 2013
But exacting concessions from the mediator is not the point.Jonathan Pollard Means Israeli-American Squabbling Instead of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiation
July 26, 2013
But legal justice, no less moral or exacting, is something else.My First Autopsy Report: Excerpt From David Berg’s ‘Run, Brother, Run’`
June 10, 2013
They drank to the health of this exacting, loyal maiden, and Cross gave her name.In the Valley
It never occurred to her that she could have put off this exacting job.Tiverton Tales
In fact, the fairies in Cymric land are among the most exacting of any known.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
I wish Society was not so arbitrary, I wish it was not so exacting—Bird, be quiet!'Little Dorrit
Is there a dramatic art--exacting, difficult, supreme--or is there not?A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- making rigorous or excessive demandsan exacting job
- correct in every detail; strictly accuratean exact copy
- precise, as opposed to approximate; neither more nor lessthe exact sum
- (prenominal) specific; particularthis exact spot
- operating with very great precisionexact instruments
- allowing no deviation from a standard; rigorous; strictan exact mind
- based mainly on measurement and the formulation of laws, as opposed to description and classificationphysics is an exact science
- to force or compel (payment or performance); extortto exact tribute
- to demand as a right; insist uponto exact respect from one's employees
- to call for or requirethis work exacts careful effort
Word Origin and History for exacting
"too demanding," 1580s, present participle adjective from exact (v.).