- 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
Related formsex·haus·tive·ly, adverbex·haus·tive·ness, nounnon·ex·haus·tive, adjectivenon·ex·haus·tive·ly, adverbnon·ex·haus·tive·ness, nounun·ex·haus·tive, adjectiveun·ex·haus·tive·ly, adverb
First recorded in 1780–90; exhaust
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British Dictionary definitions for non-exhaustive
Derived Formsexhaustively, adverbexhaustiveness, noun
- comprehensive in scope; thoroughan exhaustive survey
- tending to exhaust
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Word Origin and History for non-exhaustive
1780s, from exhaust + -ive. Related: Exhaustively; exhaustiveness.
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