from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the state of being thorough
  • n. attention to detail

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being thorough; completeness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or character of being thorough; completeness; perfectness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. conscientiousness in performing all aspects of a task


thorough +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)


  • Yet this conception makes thoroughness a purely _quantitative_ matter; it accepts _thoroughness_ as meaning _throughness_ or completeness, signifying the inclusion of everything from "beginning to end," or from "cover to cover."

    How to Study and Teaching How to Study

  • Here we express faith in German thoroughness, planning and discipline, on the basis of a single, ambiguous leaked memo, for the alternative is not pleasant to contemplate.

    Memo to Europe: Forget the War

  • There is a kind of thoroughness which is almost purely physical: the kind that signifies mechanical and exhausting drill upon all the details of a subject.

    democracy and Education : an Introduction to the Philosophy of Education

  • I know the whole western side of it with what, I suppose, I may call thoroughness; well enough at least to testify that there is no square mile without some special character and charm.

    Across the Plains: With Other Memories and Essays

  • Moreover, his thoroughness is the envy of the students of all other countries, and his hatred of sham scholarship and slipshod generalization is intense.

    Reflections and Comments 1865-1895

  • On Thursday, details emerged that called the thoroughness of the review, described as -- Front

  • The important thing is the notion of thoroughness: the indexer must try to anticipate and provide for a variety of users 'needs in an index; users do not seek the same sort of information, and the effort must be made to imagine the uses to which a particular work will be put, then to provide the users with as many access points to the information as can reasonably be expected.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIX No 4

  • Some do, and some newspapers stink, but print encourages a kind of thoroughness that the Web does not.

    First, stop the lawyers « BuzzMachine

  • Are these specialists trying to impress the primary care doctor with their 'thoroughness', so as to keep the referrals coming?

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • He had shown me how to leave a crime scene clean as only a cop can, and he had taught me to use the same kind of thoroughness in selecting my partner for the dance.

    Dexter in the dark

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