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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But the document represents the first attempt to put the Vatican’s position, first articulated fully by Pope Benedict XVI in a 2012 speech, into a comprehensive, official text. Nicole Winfield, BostonGlobe.com, "Vatican rejects gender change to alarm of LGBT Catholics," 10 June 2019 For whatever reason, Clinton struggled to tie them all together in a comprehensive message that resonated outside Democratic strongholds. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Elizabeth Warren’s Theory of the Case," 10 June 2019 EarthSky and In-the-Sky.org also have comprehensive guides to the annual event. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Tonight Is the Best Time of the Year to See Jupiter and Its Many Moons," 10 June 2019 But the document represents the first attempt to put the Vatican's position, first articulated fully by Pope Benedict XVI in a 2012 speech, into a comprehensive, official text. Nicole Winfield, Houston Chronicle, "Vatican rejects gender change to alarm of LGBT Catholics," 10 June 2019 Momentum against the loitering law could potentially help push the comprehensive decriminalization bill onto the agenda. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "A Historic Breakthrough for Sex Workers’ Rights," 10 June 2019 The comprehensive plan update will address community issues such as housing, economic development, infrastructure, utilities and more. Michelle Mullins, Daily Southtown, "Homer Glen to seek resident input as it updates comprehensive plan originally adopted in 2005," 10 June 2019 Sanders said, adding that Trump should focus on achieving comprehensive immigration reform. Juliet Eilperin, The Denver Post, "Trump defends migration deal, says tariff threat remains if Mexico falls short on pledges," 9 June 2019 But until a comprehensive solution emerges, churches and others are trying to ease some of the load by jumping into the debt market. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Churches take lead in helping poor with medical debt," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of comprehensive

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for comprehensive

see comprehension

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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

adjective
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

adjective
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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