1. diligent and thorough in inquiry or investigation (Freq. 2)

a probing inquiry


a searching investigation of their past dealings

Syn: ↑inquisitory, ↑probing
Similar to: ↑inquiring
2. having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect

searching insights


trenchant criticism

Syn: ↑trenchant
Similar to: ↑intelligent
Derivationally related forms: ↑trenchancy (for: ↑trenchant)
3. exploring thoroughly
Similar to: ↑exploratory, ↑explorative

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