comprehensive


com·pre·hen·sive

adjective \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-siv, -prē-\

: including many, most, or all things

: of or relating to a comprehensive school

Full Definition of COMPREHENSIVE

1
:  covering completely or broadly :  inclusive <comprehensive examinations> <comprehensive insurance>
2
:  having or exhibiting wide mental grasp <comprehensive knowledge>
com·pre·hen·sive·ly adverb
com·pre·hen·sive·ness noun

Examples of COMPREHENSIVE

  1. <a comprehensive overview of European history since the French Revolution>
  2. <a comprehensive listing of all the paintings generally attributed to the Dutch artist Rembrandt>
  3. Natalie's every move was photographed, a documentation of a happy childhood as comprehensive as it was false. —John Gregory Dunne, New York Review of Books, 15 Jan. 2004

Origin of COMPREHENSIVE

(see comprehension)
First Known Use: 1614

Rhymes with COMPREHENSIVE

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