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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In the first comprehensive national public-opinion study about how non-Natives perceive Native Americans, researchers conducted 28 focus groups in 11 states, surveyed 13,306 people online, and analyzed 4.9 million social media posts. Rebecca Nagle, Teen Vogue, "Invisibility is the Modern Form of Racism Against Native Americans," 23 Oct. 2018 Perhaps the greatest contribution to date from McKesson and his collaborators to date is the creation of the first comprehensive study of police killings in America’s biggest 100 cities – Mapping Police Violence. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "‘When is it OK for the police to kill someone you love?’, BLM’s McKesson pivots from ‘awareness’ to the ‘fix’," 16 Sep. 2018 One of the most comprehensive studies yet of the ACA’s impact on breastfeeding behavior was published this March. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 For other ways to help the families and children who are suffering at the border, Teen Vogue has put together a comprehensive list of how to donate your time, money, and voice. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Lipslut Raised $100,000 in Two Weeks to Help Separated Migrant Families [UPDATE]," 10 July 2018 New York Magazine’s Grub Street broke down a comprehensive list of everything Porowski makes (or rather, doesn’t make). Jinnie Lee, Vogue, "Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski, and the Joy of Barely Cooking," 27 June 2018 The Houston Chronicle obtained the results of routine health inspections throughout the city and tallied each restaurant's demerits for a comprehensive list of violations. Carolina Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "Houston restaurant inspection citations for the week of June 19 - 26," 26 June 2018 In contrast with China’s comprehensive approach, the United States, since the new administration especially, adopted a narrow, military-focused approach in Africa. Lina Benabdallah, Washington Post, "China-Africa military ties have deepened. Here are 4 things to know.," 6 July 2018 Aziz on Sunday said that Africa urgently needs a comprehensive approach to deal with extremist attacks that takes into account the cultural and economic issues that are the root causes of the violence. Ahmed Mohamed, The Seattle Times, "African leaders talk security with French president," 2 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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