Definition of exhaustion in English:


Line breaks: ex|haus|tion
Pronunciation: /ɪgˈzɔːstʃ(ə)n
, ɛg-/


[mass noun]
  • 2The action of using something up or the state of being used up: the rapid exhaustion of fossil fuel reserves
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    • Government policy of granting very small claims gave everyone a chance, but also led to rapid exhaustion of claims and large rushes to new fields.
    • Bahrain was the first Gulf Arab state to produce oil, in 1932, but its reserves are now near exhaustion.
    • In every case, it said finite reserves of these minerals were approaching exhaustion and prices would rise steeply.
  • 3 Logic The process of establishing a conclusion by eliminating all the alternatives.
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    • Euclid and Archimedes utilized two important techniques to prove theorems from their axioms: reductio ad absurdum arguments, and a method of exhaustion.
    • This argument from exhaustion is not conclusive.
    • Maclaurin appealed to the geometrical methods of the ancient Greeks and to Archimedes' method of exhaustion in attempting to put Newton's calculus on a rigorous footing.


early 17th century: from late Latin exhaustio(n-), from Latin exhaurire 'drain out' (see exhaust).

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