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’
    • ‘An appeal is an expensive step in the judicial process and one that makes an exacting claim on judicial resources.’
    • ‘The Governess sings throughout her exacting part with skill and understanding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Injuries may hurt but the pain of not being able to reach his own exacting standards would be harder to deal with.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The total of these conditions is a demand; a relentless, exacting demand upon those fundamental resources, land and water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Benevolence would have to give way to the exacting standards of science.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His exacting personal standards, morose private nature and unapologetic misogyny often gave him a truculent, dyspeptic appearance which was well deserved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, even grunge reveals an exacting attention to detail.’
    • ‘With an exacting attention to detail, Kees combines reality derived from photographs, memory and studies from life with creative imagery to convey his vision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although he had a lifelong interest in philosophy, his exacting personal standards permitted only a few published articles in our field.’
    • ‘I didn't have to worry whether water taxis, hotels and restaurants were up to his exacting standards.’
    • ‘But then they are equally scathing about anything that fails to measure up to their own exacting standards.’
    demanding, hard, tough, stringent, testing, challenging, difficult, onerous, arduous, laborious, tiring, taxing, gruelling, punishing, back-breaking, burdensome, herculean
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