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exacting (adj.)

"very demanding, severe in requirement," 1580s, present-participle adjective from exact (v.).

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Definitions of exacting

exacting (adj.)
severe and unremitting in making demands;
an exacting instructor
Synonyms: stern / strict
exacting (adj.)
requiring precise accuracy;
an exacting job
Synonyms: exigent
exacting (adj.)
having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures;
certain highly specialized xerophytes are extremely exacting in their requirements
Synonyms: fastidious
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