Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition or character of being thorough; completeness; perfectness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being thorough; completeness.
- 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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Moreover, his thoroughness is the envy of the students of all other countries, and his hatred of sham scholarship and slipshod generalization is intense.”
“On Thursday, details emerged that called the thoroughness of the review, described as”
“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.”
“Some do, and some newspapers stink, but print encourages a kind of thoroughness that the Web does not.”
“Are these specialists trying to impress the primary care doctor with their 'thoroughness', so as to keep the referrals coming?”
“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.”
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