comprehensive

adjective
com·​pre·​hen·​sive | \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-siv, -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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Read on for a comprehensive look at breakouts, what's causing them, and how to treat them. Kelsey Castañon, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Acne — and How to Get Rid of It," 4 Dec. 2018 The effort, which helps communities re-envision a new economy, offers a comprehensive toolkit, helps them plan a new future, and has produced significant results. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 2018 The Bredesen Protocol Dale Bredesen’s protocol is designed as a comprehensive personalized program that aims to reverse the biological causes of cognitive decline and early Alzheimer’s disease. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 While unusual, the court could also fashion its own comprehensive solution that may impose obligations on the city that have never previously been discussed. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "If state Supreme Court rules against San Diego on pensions, it could could cost city millions," 14 July 2018 For more than two decades, the agency's National Threat Assessment Center has studied incidents of serious school violence, including the only comprehensive program for interviewing every surviving student shooter. NBC News, "It's not 'snitching': Secret Service says students can help prevent gun violence," 11 July 2018 Here's a comprehensive history of every couple to ever be born out of a final rose. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "Bachelor and Bachelorette Couples: The Complete List," 2 Nov. 2018 The Racist History of Blackface in America Critics of Kelly’s comments brought up the brutal racial history of blackface in the U.S. The National Museum of African-American History & Culture offers a comprehensive look at that racist history. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About Megyn Kelly’s NBC Exit," 26 Oct. 2018 Here are some tips for coming out to friends, featuring suggestions from the Trevor Project, an LGBTQ rights organization that has a comprehensive guide for coming out, including information on important vocabulary. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, ""Orange Is the New Black" Actor Samira Wiley Said She Was Outed as Gay by a Costar," 10 Oct. 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

: of or relating to a comprehensive school

comprehensive

adjective
com·​pre·​hen·​sive | \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen-siv \

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 \

Legal Definition of comprehensive 

: covering completely or broadly a comprehensive insurance policy

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