What does exacting mean?

exacting meaning in General Dictionary

Oppressive or unreasonably severe in making needs or needing the precise satisfaction of obligations harsh extreme

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  • having difficult nutritional demands; especially growing only in unique synthetic cultures
  • requiring exact accuracy
  • severe and unremitting in making demands
  • of perfect
  • Oppressive or unreasonably serious to make demands or needing the actual satisfaction of obligations; harsh; extreme.

exacting meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"very demanding, severe in requirement," 1580s, current participle adjective from precise (v.).


exacting meaning in General Dictionary

(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Exact

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  • (a.) Oppressive or unreasonably severe for making demands or calling for the precise satisfaction of obligations; harsh; severe.

Sentence Examples with the word exacting

At the beginning of his reign he ordered a recast of the coinage, with serious results to commerce; civil officials were deprived of offices, which had been conferred free, but were now put up to auction; duties were imposed on exported merchandise and on goods brought into Paris; the practice of exacting heavy fines was encouraged by making the salaries of the magistrates dependent on them; and on the pretext of a crusade to free Armenia from the Turks, Charles obtained from the pope a tithe levied on the clergy, the proceeds of which he kept for his own use; he also confiscated the property of the Lombard bankers who had been invited to France by his father at a time of financial crisis.

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