exacting

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exact +‎ -ing

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exacting ‎(comparative more exacting, superlative most exacting)

  1. Making excessive demands; difficult to satisfy.
    • 1874, Edward Payson Roe, Opening a Chestnut Burr, ch. 4:
      His exacting taste required no small degree of outward perfection.
    • 1895, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Stark Munro Letters, ch. 7:
      [H]e burst into apologies which would have satisfied a more exacting man than I am.
  2. (of an action, task, etc) Requiring precise accuracy, great care, effort, or attention.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, The Man, ch. 3:
      Wolf's work, which, though not very exacting, had to be done single-handed, kept him to his post.
  3. (of a person or organization) Characterized by exaction.
    • 1850, T. S. Arthur, All's For the Best, ch. 2:
      "He is a hard, exacting, money-loving man," was my remark.

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exacting

  1. present participle of exact

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