Definition of exacting in English:



  • Making great demands on one's skill, attention, or other resources.

    ‘the exacting standards laid down by the organic food industry’
    • ‘His exacting personal standards, morose private nature and unapologetic misogyny often gave him a truculent, dyspeptic appearance which was well deserved.’
    • ‘At least, I think the media should not lead the public astray by confusing one's career and individual life, and meanwhile putting a heavy burden on people through exacting models.’
    • ‘An appeal is an expensive step in the judicial process and one that makes an exacting claim on judicial resources.’
    • ‘Applying his exacting, respectful attention to the everyday speech of the people as well as the notable speech of poets, philosophers, and presidents, he allows each to elevate the other.’
    • ‘With an exacting attention to detail, Kees combines reality derived from photographs, memory and studies from life with creative imagery to convey his vision.’
    • ‘A consummate professional and master decorator, he has never presented work that does not meet his own exacting standards of design, even if it means outshining everybody else's masquerade.’
    • ‘Luckily, staff appeared with the starters and managed to exceed the exacting standards the bachelors were demanding.’
    • ‘The Governess sings throughout her exacting part with skill and understanding.’
    • ‘However, even grunge reveals an exacting attention to detail.’
    • ‘Injuries may hurt but the pain of not being able to reach his own exacting standards would be harder to deal with.’
    • ‘Although he had a lifelong interest in philosophy, his exacting personal standards permitted only a few published articles in our field.’
    • ‘Sorry I couldn't use all your emails, but very few of them measured up to our exacting quality standards.’
    • ‘Our role is to produce the finest car, to the most exacting standards, in the world motor industry.’
    • ‘I didn't have to worry whether water taxis, hotels and restaurants were up to his exacting standards.’
    • ‘While the wizards were most certainly using spells to scour the mountainsides for spies or scouts, it would take a magus of exacting skill to locate her.’
    • ‘But then they are equally scathing about anything that fails to measure up to their own exacting standards.’
    • ‘Benevolence would have to give way to the exacting standards of science.’
    • ‘Under the proposed bill, they will be subject to less exacting standards in order to test new technologies, train crew, or fly working vehicles in the process of gaining a full license for paying customers.’
    • ‘The total of these conditions is a demand; a relentless, exacting demand upon those fundamental resources, land and water.’
    • ‘The only question is whether our politicians - who are after all human - can measure up to these exacting standards demanded by the Scottish parliament - I'm sure I couldn't.’
    demanding, hard, tough, stringent, testing, challenging, difficult, onerous, arduous, laborious, tiring, taxing, gruelling, punishing, back-breaking, burdensome, herculean
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