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[ ig-zaws-tiv ]


  1. exhausting 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.


/ ɪɡˈzɔːstɪv /


  1. comprehensive in scope; thorough

    an exhaustive survey

  2. tending to exhaust

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Derived Forms

  • exˈhaustiveness, noun
  • exˈhaustively, adverb

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Other Words From

  • ex·haustive·ly adverb
  • ex·haustive·ness noun
  • nonex·haustive adjective
  • nonex·haustive·ly adverb
  • nonex·haustive·ness noun
  • unex·haustive adjective
  • unex·haustive·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of exhaustive1

First recorded in 1780–90; exhaust + -ive

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Example Sentences

It’s far from exhaustive, but with one activity a week for 15 weeks, it’s a solid foundation.

If you are just starting out, this article is, by no means, exhaustive, but consider it a nudge in the right direction and a playbook to help you set about building your brand recognition the right way.

The report—commissioned by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission—includes an exhaustive overview of risks, from falling real estate values in coastal flood zones to the inability of Midwestern farmers to repay loans after droughts or floods.

From Quartz

The company declined to make Vazquez available for an interview or respond to an exhaustive list of written questions regarding its legal collections strategy and general business practices.

If you are going to try to fine-tune your margin of error, though, then we think you need to be pretty exhaustive about thinking through sources of uncertainty.

“Discord” proceeds to envelop us in this exhaustive, mind-racking debate.

This is the Daily Beast's first high school list and it isn't exhaustive.

They will also focus on the exhaustive nature of the investigation, during which staffers reviewed over 16 million documents.

Consider, for example, the exhaustive coverage Chris Christie has received in recent months.

Here, now, are the results of an exhaustive listening study stretching back to 1998.

That's the crushing kind of repertoire he gives his pupils—so exhaustive and complete in every department.

Few histories give the reader the same impression of exhaustive study.

Certain books, however, have treated special divisions of the whole subject in a thorough and exhaustive manner.

This answer would be exhaustive, if it were the fact that the laity made the law for the theologians.

This is not the place in which to enter on an exhaustive inquiry as to the nature of causation.