thorough


thorough
thoroughly, adv.thoroughness, n.
/therr"oh, thur"oh/, adj.
1. executed without negligence or omissions: a thorough search.
2. complete; perfect; utter: thorough enjoyment.
3. extremely attentive to accuracy and detail; painstaking: a thorough worker; a thorough analysis.
4. having full command or mastery of an art, talent, etc.: a thorough actress.
5. extending or passing through.
adv., prep.
6. Archaic. through.
n.
7. (cap.) Eng. Hist. the administrative policies of the Earl of Stafford and Archbishop Laud during the reign of Charles I: so called because they were uncompromisingly carried out.
[bef. 900; ME (prep. and adv.); OE thuruh, var. of thurh THROUGH]
Syn. 1. unqualified, total.
Ant. 1. partial.

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