exhaustive

[ig-zaws-tiv]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. exhaust-gas recirculation,
  2. exhausted,
  3. exhausting,
  4. exhaustion,
  5. exhaustion psychosis,
  6. exhaustless,
  7. exhedra,
  8. exhibit,
  9. exhibition,
  10. exhibition game

Origin of exhaustive

First recorded in 1780–90; exhaust + -ive

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for nonexhaustive

exhaustive

adjective

comprehensive in scope; thoroughan exhaustive survey
tending to exhaust
Derived Formsexhaustively, adverbexhaustiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for nonexhaustive

exhaustive

adj.

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

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