You use exacting to describe something or someone that demands hard work and a great deal of care.

The Duke was not well enough to carry out such an exacting task...

Privately they seem to have the same exacting standards.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • exacting — [eg zak′tiŋ, igzak′tiŋ] adj. 1. making severe or excessive demands; not easily satisfied; strict [an exacting teacher] 2. demanding great care, patience, effort, etc.; arduous [an exacting job] SYN. ONEROUS exactingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • Exacting — Ex*act ing, a. Oppressive or unreasonably severe in making demands or requiring the exact fulfillment of obligations; harsh; severe. A temper so exacting. T. Arnold {Ex*act ing*ly}, adv. {Ex*act ing*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exacting — exacting; un·exacting; …   English syllables

  • exacting — index circumspect, confiscatory, conscientious, critical (faultfinding), dictatorial, draconian, faithful ( …   Law dictionary

  • exacting — too demanding, 1580s, prp. adj. from EXACT (Cf. exact) …   Etymology dictionary

  • exacting — adj *onerous, burdensome, oppressive Analogous words: *severe, stern: *rigid, rigorous, strict, stringent: arduous, difficult, *hard Antonyms: easy: lenient …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • exacting — [adj] demanding burdensome, by the book*, careful, critical, difficult, exigent, finicky, fussy, grievous, hard, harsh, hypercritical, imperious, nit picking, onerous, oppressive, painstaking, particular, persnickety, picky, precise, rigid,… …   New thesaurus

  • exacting — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ making great demands on one s endurance or skill …   English terms dictionary

  • exacting — ex|act|ing [ıgˈzæktıŋ] adj demanding a lot of effort, careful work, or skill = ↑demanding ▪ She was an exacting woman to work for. exacting standards/demands/requirements etc ▪ He could never live up to his father s exacting standards …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • exacting — adjective exacting work is hard and involves a high level of skill: exacting but stimulating work | exacting scrutiny of the texts exactingly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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