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

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
Recent Examples on the Web But the battle for comprehensive gun reform isn't won yet. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 21 June 2022 The clinic expanded its program that helps senior patients by bringing comprehensive care from their doctor’s office to their home. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2022 Biden’s executive order would instruct the Department of Health and Human Services to release new sample policies for states on how to expand access to comprehensive health care for LGBTQ patients. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 15 June 2022 That does not help bring us together for comprehensive immigration reform. ABC News, 22 May 2022 The comedian George Carlin remains a fixture in American cultural discourse more than a decade after his death, and this two-part documentary provides a comprehensive if diffuse exploration of his life and work. New York Times, 19 May 2022 For example, the maintenance industry uses digital twins to help fix machines and gain a comprehensive overview of different parts or components. Daniel Fallmann, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Helpfully, a new analysis that leverages the cancellation of the comprehensive care for joint replacements program demonstrates exactly why randomized evaluations are so important. Jesse Gubb, STAT, 29 Apr. 2022 Under the title Opening The Gates, the 13th edition of PhotoIreland Festival presents the most comprehensive overview on the History and Practice of Photography in Ireland to date. Vogue, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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28 Jun 2022

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“Comprehensive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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