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adjective com·pre·hen·sive \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-siv, -prē-\

Simple Definition of comprehensive

  • : including many, most, or all things

  • : of or relating to a comprehensive school

Full Definition of comprehensive

  1. 1 :  covering completely or broadly :  inclusive <comprehensive examinations> <comprehensive insurance>

  2. 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. 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

  2. Inevitably, though, in so comprehensive an account, some important events and themes are cursorily checked off … —Isabel Fonseca, Times Literary Supplement, 29 Jan. 1993

  3. Walcott proceeded to misinterpret these fossils in a comprehensive and thoroughly consistent manner … —Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life, 1989

  4. <a comprehensive overview of European history since the French Revolution>

  5. <a comprehensive listing of all the paintings generally attributed to the Dutch artist Rembrandt>



Origin of comprehensive

(see comprehension)


First Known Use: 1614

Rhymes with comprehensive




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