What does exacting mean?

Definitions for exactingɪgˈzæk tɪŋ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word exacting.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fastidious, exacting(adj)

    having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures

    "fastidious microorganisms"; "certain highly specialized xerophytes are extremely exacting in their requirements"

  2. stern, strict, exacting(adj)

    severe and unremitting in making demands

    "an exacting instructor"; "a stern disciplinarian"; "strict standards"

  3. exigent, exacting(adj)

    requiring precise accuracy

    "an exacting job"; "became more exigent over his pronunciation"


  1. exacting(Adjective)

    Making excessive demands; hard to satisfy.

  2. exacting(Adjective)

    Requiring precise accuracy

  3. Origin: From exact + -ing

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exacting

    of Exact

  2. Exacting(adj)

    oppressive or unreasonably severe in making demands or requiring the exact fulfillment of obligations; harsh; severe


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exacting in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exacting in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Eugene Delacroix:

    I live in company with a body, a silent companion, exacting and eternal.

  2. Clarence Darrow:

    Liberty is the most jealous and exacting mistress that can beguile the soul and brain of man.

  3. Shimon Peres:

    It is not only the psychology of the people that makes them so exacting-their geographical situation has been equally problematic.

  4. Eugène Delacroix:

    I live in company with a body, a silent companion, exacting and eternal. He it is who notes that individuality which is the seal of the weakness of our race. My soul has wings, but the brutal jailer is strict.

  5. Robert Capers:

    The defendant violated his oath and responsibilities as a law enforcement officer by exacting personal vengeance, assaulting a handcuffed suspect, and abusing his authority as the highest ranking uniformed member of the Suffolk County Police Department.

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