- The definition of exhaustive is someone or something that covers every possible detail.
An example of exhaustive is a cook book that contains every thinkable recipe for pancakes.
A man conducts an exhaustive search for his golf ball.
Origin of exhaustiveMedieval Latin exhaustivus
- Treating all parts or aspects without omission; thorough: an exhaustive study.
- Tending to exhaust.
- Including every possible element.
- We made an exhaustive list.