[ UK /ɛɡzˈæktɪŋ/ ]
[ US /ɪɡˈzæktɪŋ/ ]
  1. having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures
    fastidious microorganisms
    certain highly specialized xerophytes are extremely exacting in their requirements
  2. requiring precise accuracy
    became more exigent over his pronunciation
    an exacting job
  3. severe and unremitting in making demands
    a stern disciplinarian
    an exacting instructor
    strict standards
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How To Use exacting In A Sentence

  • This can not be done through any system of methods, neither are narrow interests or unexacting tasks sufficient to arouse all that the soul has now to give. The Unfolding Life A Study of Development with Reference to Religious Training
  • And the result doesn't just require immensely versatile singers, but a pit band that can carry out his exacting demands. Times, Sunday Times
  • On a rare recording, he can be heard to stumble on the next-to-last line-something unheard-of for one who enunciated so exactingly.
  • The casualness of these statements belied what I considered to be an exacting exchange system.
  • The Romanian-Jewish writer Mihail Sebastian 1907-45 came to the attention of the English-speaking world in 2000 with the publication of his incandescently angry and exacting World War II diaries. Tender and Tense
  • It was exacting work and required all his patience.
  • His exacting personal standards, morose private nature and unapologetic misogyny often gave him a truculent, dyspeptic appearance which was well deserved.
  • Her flowers are exactingly painted, petal, leaf, and stalk; her plates and pheasants waiting to be plucked are textbook - perfect.
  • The exacting task of tracing the course of the Potomac to its headspring was undertaken by William Mayo and Robert Brooke acting for the Crown, and Benjamin Winslow and John Savage acting for Lord Fairfax.
  • Both gifted swordsmen, and both left-handed, uncle and nephew were putting on a skilled display-a show made more impressive by the fact that they were fighting in accordance with the most exacting rules of French dueling, but using neither the rapier-like smallsword that formed part of a gentleman's costume, nor the saber of a soldier. Dragonfly in Amber
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