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

Synonyms & Antonyms for comprehensive

Synonyms

compleat, complete, entire, full, grand, intact, integral, perfect, plenary, total, whole

Antonyms

imperfect, incomplete, partial

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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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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 Each season, up to four designers will be offered a comprehensive mentorship with training and guidance from the e-commerce giant's global team. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "We've Been Dreaming of These Floral Dresses For Months," 5 Sep. 2018 So here's a comprehensive timeline of all the drama, shade, and makeup bashing that has gone down between the two over the past two years. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "A Definitive Timeline of Kylie Jenner's Messy Feud With Jeffree Star," 18 July 2018 The development plan now moves to the Aug. 14 meeting of county commissioners, who will decide whether to amend Seminole’s comprehensive plan and future land use map to allow the development project to move forward. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "East Seminole residents express relief after board rejects rural development but ready for future battles," 13 July 2018 Over the last decade, Russian academics and activists have built free, remarkably comprehensive online archives of scholarly works. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 Both models start at around $41,000 and offer a comprehensive set of features. Carlos Lago, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds compares the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Which luxury SUV has the edge?," 13 July 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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