comprehensive

adjective
com·​pre·​hen·​sive | \ ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-siv How to pronounce comprehensive (audio) , -prē-\

Definition of comprehensive

1 : covering completely or broadly : inclusive comprehensive examinations comprehensive insurance
2 : having or exhibiting wide mental grasp comprehensive knowledge

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Other Words from comprehensive

comprehensively adverb
comprehensiveness noun

Examples of comprehensive in a Sentence

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 Inevitably, though, in so comprehensive an account, some important events and themes are cursorily checked off … — Isabel Fonseca, Times Literary Supplement, 29 Jan. 1993 Walcott proceeded to misinterpret these fossils in a comprehensive and thoroughly consistent manner … — Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life, 1989 a comprehensive overview of European history since the French Revolution a comprehensive listing of all the paintings generally attributed to the Dutch artist Rembrandt
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Investor sentiment has fluctuated about the prospects for the U.S. and China to reach a comprehensive trade agreement by March 1, which would stave off additional tariffs that have contributed to a slowdown in global demand. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "U.S. Dollar Rises as China Trade Deadline Nears," 21 Feb. 2019 This is the last addition to the most comprehensive review of a Supreme Court nominee in history, which includes extensive hearings, multiple committee interviews, over 1,200 questions for the record and over a half million pages of documents. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "The FBI's Kavanaugh Investigation Is Over, but They Didn't Interview Dr. Christine Blasey Ford," 4 Oct. 2018 And a comprehensive review published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy concluded that foam rolling promotes short-term increases in range of motion. K. Aleisha Fetters, SELF, "Here’s What Foam Rolling Is Actually Doing When It Hurts So Good," 21 July 2018 The snub has largely been attributed to the failure of Israelis and Palestinians to reach a comprehensive peace agreement and the perception that the region is a diplomatic minefield. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "Prince William visits Jerusalem’s holy sites, concluding historic visit," 28 June 2018 Finally, in 2005, a comprehensive peace agreement was reached between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) and the government of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "South Sudan’s civil war has raged for 5 years. Now the leaders of the two sides are meeting.," 20 June 2018 The Constitution must take account of vast technological changes, Roberts wrote, noting that digital data can provide a comprehensive, detailed — and intrusive — overview of private affairs that would have been impossible to imagine not long ago. Adam Liptak, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court says warrants generally needed to collect cellphone location data," 23 June 2018 The paradox is that Merkel might be Italy’s best hope for achieving a comprehensive agreement on migration. Alan Crawford, Bloomberg.com, "As Merkel’s Power Drains, the Threat to Europe Grows," 27 June 2018 With such a wide and comprehensive feature set, Hangouts leaves little room for Google's other messaging products. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google to simplify messaging strategy, will support only five messaging apps," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of comprehensive

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for comprehensive

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comprehensive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of comprehensive

: including many, most, or all things
British : of or relating to a comprehensive school

comprehensive

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com·​pre·​hen·​sive | \ ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen-siv How to pronounce comprehensive (audio) \

Kids Definition of comprehensive

: including much : inclusive a comprehensive course of study a comprehensive description

comprehensive

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com·​pre·​hen·​sive | \ ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen-siv How to pronounce comprehensive (audio) \

Legal Definition of comprehensive

: covering completely or broadly a comprehensive insurance policy

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