exacting

  • 1 exacting — [eg zak′tiŋ, igzak′tiŋ] adj. 1. making severe or excessive demands; not easily satisfied; strict [an exacting teacher] 2. demanding great care, patience, effort, etc.; arduous [an exacting job] SYN. ONEROUS exactingly adv …

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  • 2 Exacting — Ex*act ing, a. Oppressive or unreasonably severe in making demands or requiring the exact fulfillment of obligations; harsh; severe. A temper so exacting. T. Arnold {Ex*act ing*ly}, adv. {Ex*act ing*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 exacting — exacting; un·exacting; …

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  • 4 exacting — index circumspect, confiscatory, conscientious, critical (faultfinding), dictatorial, draconian, faithful ( …

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  • 5 exacting — too demanding, 1580s, prp. adj. from EXACT (Cf. exact) …

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  • 6 exacting — adj *onerous, burdensome, oppressive Analogous words: *severe, stern: *rigid, rigorous, strict, stringent: arduous, difficult, *hard Antonyms: easy: lenient …

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  • 7 exacting — [adj] demanding burdensome, by the book*, careful, critical, difficult, exigent, finicky, fussy, grievous, hard, harsh, hypercritical, imperious, nit picking, onerous, oppressive, painstaking, particular, persnickety, picky, precise, rigid,… …

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  • 8 exacting — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ making great demands on one s endurance or skill …

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  • 9 exacting — ex|act|ing [ıgˈzæktıŋ] adj demanding a lot of effort, careful work, or skill = ↑demanding ▪ She was an exacting woman to work for. exacting standards/demands/requirements etc ▪ He could never live up to his father s exacting standards …

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  • 10 exacting — [[t]ɪgzæ̱ktɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n You use exacting to describe something or someone that demands hard work and a great deal of care. The Duke was not well enough to carry out such an exacting task... Privately they seem to have the same… …

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  • 11 exacting — adjective exacting work is hard and involves a high level of skill: exacting but stimulating work | exacting scrutiny of the texts exactingly adverb …

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  • 12 exacting — exactingly, adv. exactingness, n. /ig zak ting/, adj. 1. rigid or severe in demands or requirements: an exacting teacher. 2. requiring close application or attention: an exacting task. 3. given to or characterized by exaction; extortionate. [1575 …

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  • 13 exacting — adjective 1) an exacting training routine Syn: demanding, stringent, testing, challenging, onerous, arduous, laborious, taxing, grueling, punishing, hard, tough Ant: easy 2) …

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  • 14 exacting — ex•act•ing [[t]ɪgˈzæk tɪŋ[/t]] adj. 1) rigid or severe in demands or requirements: an exacting teacher[/ex] 2) requiring close application or attention: an exacting task[/ex] 3) given to or characterized by exaction; extortionate • Etymology:… …

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  • 15 Exacting — Exact Ex*act , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exacted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exacting}.] [From L. exactus, p. p. of exigere; or fr. LL. exactare: cf. OF. exacter. See {Exact}, a.] To demand or require authoritatively or peremptorily, as a right; to enforce the …

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  • 16 exacting — adj. Exacting is used with these nouns: ↑demand, ↑standard …

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  • 17 exacting — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. demanding, rigorous, precise; see critical 2 , difficult 1 , onerous , severe 1 . See Synonym Study at onerous . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [ig ZAK ting] extremely demanding. Defusing a bomb is… …

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  • 18 exacting — ex|act|ing [ ıg zæktıŋ ] adjective 1. ) needing a lot of skill and care a ) exacting standards are very difficult to achieve 2. ) expecting other people to work very hard and carefully …

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  • 19 exacting — UK [ɪɡˈzæktɪŋ] / US adjective 1) a) needing a lot of skill and care b) exacting standards are very difficult to achieve 2) expecting other people to work very hard and carefully …

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  • 20 exacting — adjective Date: 1634 1. tryingly or unremittingly severe in making demands 2. requiring careful attention and precision Synonyms: see onerous • exactingly adverb • exactingness noun …

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