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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Recent Examples on the Web That raises hopes for the federal government's more comprehensive jobs report, which arrives on Friday. Stan Choe And Damian J. Troise, USA TODAY, "Stocks end a bumpy day higher, but still down for September," 1 Oct. 2020 The percentage of uninsured residents dropped from 15 percent in 2009, when Rand conducted its last comprehensive report on the county, to 11 percent in 2018. Washington Post, "New report underscores conditions that made Prince George’s vulnerable to covid-19," 29 Sep. 2020 This survey of music fans is the most comprehensive report available covering consumer behaviors, attitudes and preferences. Billboard, "MRC Data U.S. Music 360 Report: Your Post-COVID-19 Guide To The Music Landscape," 21 Sep. 2020 In a comprehensive 2015 report, Kapai found some minority members would have no difficulty speaking during telephone job interviews using their fluent Cantonese. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Spat at, segregated, policed: Hong Kong's dark-skinned minorities say they've never felt accepted," 21 Aug. 2020 The federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a panel of health experts that publishes a comprehensive report every five years, has revised its alcohol-consumption guidance. oregonlive, "Binge drinking is common; 1 alcoholic drink per day should be the limit for American men: federal panel of health experts," 18 Aug. 2020 Almost all of the deaths — 80% to 100% — could have been prevented, according to the state’s most comprehensive report of maternal deaths to date. Emily Woodruff,, "65 Louisiana women died pregnancy-related deaths. Almost all were preventable, report finds.," 3 Aug. 2020 Premiums for the plans can be one-third the cost of comprehensive insurance coverage. Hope Yen, Star Tribune, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump's dubious claims on health care, court," 28 Sep. 2020 The Trump administration hasn't created a comprehensive plan for battling the pandemic. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "Could the National HIV Strategy Help Guide the Covid Fight?," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of comprehensive was in 1614

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14 Oct 2020

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“Comprehensive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of comprehensive

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


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


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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