- making severe or excessive demands; not easily satisfied; strict: an exacting teacher
- demanding great care, patience, effort, etc.; arduous: an exacting job
- An example of something exacting is a toddler’s needy behavior.
- An example of something exacting is the attention that is needed to fix a difficult problem at work.
The definition of exacting is making excessive demands, or requiring great patience and effort.
- Making severe demands; rigorous: an exacting instructor.
- Requiring great care, effort, or attention: an exacting task.
(comparative more exacting, superlative most exacting)
- Making excessive demands; hard to satisfy.
- Requiring precise accuracy
- Present participle of exact.
From exact + -ing
- These exacting tasks did not absorb all his energies.
- Howie described the car, license plate, and man in exacting detail.
- O'Neill, however, refused to put himself in the power of Sussex without a guarantee for his safety; and his claims in other respects were so exacting that Elizabeth consented to measures being taken to subdue him and to restore Brian.
- Upon the accession of President McKinley in 1897, he resigned from the Senate and became secretary of state; but under the tension of the war with Spain the duties of the office became too exacting for his strength at his age, and in April 1898 he resigned and withdrew into private life.
- With those about him, from his daughter to his serfs, the prince was sharp and invariably exacting, so that without being a hardhearted man he inspired such fear and respect as few hardhearted men would have aroused.