Origin of exhaustiveMedieval Latin exhaustivus
A man conducts an exhaustive search for his golf ball.
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.
- Treating all parts or aspects without omission; thorough: an exhaustive study.
- Tending to exhaust.
- Including every possible element.
- We made an exhaustive list.
- The reader is referred to that paper for an exhaustive history and discussion of the intrument.
- On the principle of contradiction this division is both exhaustive and exclusive; there can be no overlapping, and no members of the original genus or the lower groups are omitted.
- The arm-muscles have been studied in an absolutely exhaustive manner by Fiirbringer, who in his monumental work has tabulated and then scrutinized the chief characters of fourteen selected muscles.
- His Catena Aurea next appeared, which, under the form of a commentary on the Gospels, was really an exhaustive summary of the theological teaching of the greatest of the church fathers.
- In the present article it is impossible to give an exhaustive catalogue of the phenomena and modes of communication of modern spiritualism.'