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Definition of "exacting" []

  • Making severe demands; rigorous: an exacting instructor. (adjective)
  • Requiring great care, effort, or attention: an exacting task. See Synonyms at burdensome. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "exacting" in a sentence
  • "I am obsessive about outlining, and the majority of any writing project is actually spent mapping out in exacting detail in advance everything that the characters will do and say in the course of a story or chapter."
  • "And yet, while we were discussing the supposed I.E.D. attack, Randall appeared to recall it in exacting detail? the smells, the sounds, the impact of the explosion."
  • "Measuring 6 inches (7” with base), this mini-statue captures the charm and sultriness of this real-life heroine in exacting, minute detail."