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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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 Archigram Archives Neatly bound, colorfully illustrated, and comprehensive in its scope, Archigram: The Book, a new exploration of the influential and imaginative ’60s British architecture collective, ticks all the coffee table boxes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How the Archigram architectural collective, profiled in a comprehensive new book, designed for a more radical, and random, future," 26 Nov. 2018 For the most comprehensive, souped-up 115th anniversary experience, the Chrome Pack is your best bet, offering early, behind-the-scenes and free access to desirable events and places. Harley Davidson Motor Company, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How to access more at Harley’s 115th party," 12 July 2018 The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "March For Our Lives"," 6 June 2018 George's curriculum at Thomas's Battersea is comprehensive, to say the least. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince George Is Learning About Outer Space in School, Kate Middleton Reveals," 15 Jan. 2019 Why else did Democrats fail to pass comprehensive immigration reform during Mr. Obama’s first two years in office, when his party’s congressional majorities were massive? Karl Rove, WSJ, "Democrats’ Cynical ‘No’ on Immigration," 9 Jan. 2019 While there are lots of RV-friendly handbooks, most van life gear advice consists of seven to 10 items that are nowhere near comprehensive. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Trump signed an executive order Thursday to put an end to the policy of separating families at the U.S. border and called on Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "Mike Huckabee criticized for 'bigotry' over Nancy Pelosi tweet of gang members," 23 June 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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The first known use of comprehensive was in 1614

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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 \

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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