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1. having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures;
- Example: "fastidious microorganisms"
- Example: "certain highly specialized xerophytes are extremely exacting in their requirements"
[syn: fastidious, exacting]

2. severe and unremitting in making demands;
- Example: "an exacting instructor"
- Example: "a stern disciplinarian"
- Example: "strict standards"
[syn: stern, strict, exacting]

3. requiring precise accuracy;
- Example: "an exacting job"
- Example: "became more exigent over his pronunciation"
[syn: exigent, exacting]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Exact \Ex*act"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exacted; p. pr. & vb. n. Exacting.] [From L. exactus, p. p. of exigere; or fr. LL. exactare: cf. OF. exacter. See Exact, a.] To demand or require authoritatively or peremptorily, as a right; to enforce the payment of, or a yielding of; to compel to yield or to furnish; hence, to wrest, as a fee or reward when none is due; -- followed by from or of before the one subjected to exaction; as, to exact tribute, fees, obedience, etc., from or of some one. [1913 Webster] He said into them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. --Luke. iii. 13. [1913 Webster] Years of servise past From grateful souls exact reward at last --Dryden. [1913 Webster] My designs Exact me in another place. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

152 Moby Thesaurus words for "exacting": Herculean, Spartan, Spartanic, abstruse, accurate, arduous, arousing, astringent, attentive, austere, authoritarian, brutal, burdensome, censorious, choicy, choosy, clamant, clamorous, close, complex, conscientious, correct, critical, crying, cutthroat, delicate, demanding, detailed, difficile, difficult, discriminating, discriminative, dour, draining, educible, eductive, elicitory, eradicative, evocative, exact, exactive, excessive, exigent, exorbitant, exquisite, extortionary, extortionate, extortive, extractive, extravagant, fancy, fastidious, fine, finical, finicking, finicky, formidable, fussy, gouging, grasping, grievous, grim, grossly overpriced, hairy, hard, hard-earned, hard-fought, harsh, hypercritical, immoderate, imperative, importunate, inflationary, inordinate, insistent, instant, intricate, jawbreaking, knotted, knotty, laborious, loud, mean, meticulous, minute, narrow, nice, no picnic, not easy, operose, oppressive, out of bounds, out of sight, outrageous, overpriced, particular, perfectionistic, persistent, pertinacious, picky, precise, precisianistic, precisionistic, preposterous, pressing, priggish, prohibitive, prudish, punctilious, punctual, puristic, puritanic, refined, religious, rigid, rigorous, rough, rugged, scrupulous, scrutinizing, selective, sensitive, set with thorns, severe, skyrocketing, spiny, spiraling, steep, stern, strenuous, strict, stringent, subtle, taxing, thorny, ticklish, toilsome, tough, tricky, trying, tyrannical, unconscionable, undue, unreasonable, unsparing, unwarranted, uphill, uprooting, urgent, usurious, weighty, wicked