exhaustive
adjective Date: circa 1789 testing all possibilities or considering all elements ; thorough <
conducted an exhaustive investigation
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exhaustively adverbexhaustiveness nounexhaustivity noun

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  • exhaustive — exhaustive, exhausting Both words are derived from the verb exhaust, but relate to different meanings. Exhaustive relates to the meaning ‘use up the whole of’ (as in exhausting a supply) and means ‘thorough or comprehensive’: • We have all read… …   Modern English usage

  • Exhaustive — Ex*haust ive, a. Serving or tending to exhaust; exhibiting all the facts or arguments; as, an exhaustive method. {Ex*haust ive*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exhaustive — index absolute (complete), complete (all embracing), comprehensive, definitive, detailed, full, gr …   Law dictionary

  • exhaustive — 1780s, from EXHAUST (Cf. exhaust) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Exhaustively; exhaustiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • exhaustive — [adj] all inclusive, complete allembracing, all encompassing, all out, catholic, comprehensive, embracive, encyclopedic, extensive, far reaching, from A to Z*, full, full blown, full dress*, full scale, in depth, intensive, no stone unturned*,… …   New thesaurus

  • exhaustive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ fully comprehensive. DERIVATIVES exhaustively adverb exhaustiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • exhaustive — [eg zôs′tiv, igzôs′tiv] adj. [ML exhaustivus] leaving nothing out; covering every possible detail; thorough exhaustively adv …   English World dictionary

  • exhaustive — ● exhaustif, exhaustive adjectif (anglais exhaustive, de to exhaust, épuiser) Qui épuise un sujet, une matière : Liste exhaustive. ● exhaustif, exhaustive (difficultés) adjectif (anglais exhaustive, de to exhaust, épuiser) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • exhaustive — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ by no means, hardly, not necessarily (esp. BrE) ▪ This list is by no means exhaustive. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • exhaustive — [[t]ɪgzɔ͟ːstɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe a study, search, or list as exhaustive, you mean that it is very thorough and complete. This is by no means an exhaustive list but it gives an indication of the many projects taking place... The… …   English dictionary

  • exhaustive — exhaustively, adv. exhaustiveness, n. /ig zaws tiv/, adj. 1. 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,… …   Universalium

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