- executed without negligence or omissions: a thorough search.
- complete; perfect; utter: thorough enjoyment.
- extremely attentive to accuracy and detail; painstaking: a thorough worker; a thorough analysis.
- having full command or mastery of an art, talent, etc.: a thorough actress.
- extending or passing through.
- Archaic. through.
- (initial capital letter) English History. the administrative policies of the Earl of Stafford and Archbishop Laud during the reign of Charles I: so called because they were uncompromisingly carried out.
Origin of thorough
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Examples from the Web for thoroughness
I can report that the thoroughness of the yin-yang between their personalities is inherently amusing.TV's Funniest Frenemies
July 14, 2009
He explained the banking system in warm and friendly tones and with a candor and thoroughness Hoover had never attempted.Obama's Speech and the Burden of History
January 20, 2009
The thing is done with thoroughness, but at a minimum of cost.In the Heart of Vosges
Thoroughness and accuracy are two principal points to be aimed at in study.Self-Help
There's no doubt about the thoroughness and consistency of Scott's characters.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
He had been set to reduce Maubeuge and he had done so with speed and with thoroughness.
They in turn urge their students to strive for thoroughness in study.College Teaching
- carried out completely and carefullya thorough search
- (prenominal) uttera thorough bore
- painstakingly carefulmy work is thorough
- thoroughgoing policy, as adopted in England by Strafford and Laud during the reign of Charles I
Word Origin and History for thoroughness
late 15c., adjectival use of Old English þuruh (adv.) "from end to end, from side to side," stressed variant of þurh (adv., prep.); see through. Related: thoroughly (c.1300).