- 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.
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Origin: Midieval Latin exhaustivus
- exhaustively adverb
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- Treating all parts or aspects without omission; thorough: an exhaustive study.
- Tending to exhaust.
- ex·hausˈtive·ly adverb
- ex·hausˈtive·ness noun
- exˌhaus·tivˈi·ty noun