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Definition very thorough or complete
  • an exhaustive study
  • this opportunity which my exhaustive investigation has shown to be...
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • exhaustive = very thorough or complete
  • There, my research was exhaustive.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • exhaustive = very thorough or complete
  • The patient and I then plunged into a discussion of his case, of which I took exhaustive notes.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • "Even that explanation is hardly exhaustive," observed the criminal expert.
    Chesterton, Gilbert K.  --  The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • he said, his one exhaustive comment on human enterprise, adventure, war, and the chapter of accidents that had entangled him.
    Wells, H.G.  --  The War in the Air
  • And I was not unready for the remark which followed a more exhaustive scrutiny than I had hitherto sustained.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  A Thief in the Night
  • See," continued the Vicar, opening several small drawers, "I fancy I have made an exhaustive study of the entomology of this district.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • One proceeds on what I will call the exhaustive system of reasoning.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  My Lady's Money
  • When one's knowledge is exhaustive, one comes to other conclusions.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Lost World
  • The brass stair-rods received an exhaustive polishing and were returned to their places.
    Twain, Mark  --  A Tramp Abroad
  • She stood over Kim till they went down, and inquired exhaustively after they had come up.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • He is exhaustively searched before being let into the visitors' area.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Press coverage had been exhaustive, taking up most of the front page of the daily newspapers.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • At this point Ippolit Kirillovitch broke off to discuss exhaustively the suspected connection of Smerdyakov with the murder.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He went on to compile an exhaustive brief on the case to bring the new counsel up to date.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • In anticipation of that day, Valborg Svensson had laid exhaustive plans.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • It was not until his adventures had been exhaustively analyzed that the bald man began to withdraw from Eragon's mind.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The Savak is engaged at this very moment in an exhaustive search through the archives.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • How exhaustive and unpleasant such a process would be, he saw even more vividly after his two hours' talk with poor Dorset.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth

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