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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The incoming administration's approach reflects Democrats' belief that a more comprehensive plan, some of it outlined in the House's $2 trillion coronavirus aid bill, is needed to get the pandemic under control. Star Tribune, "Congress braces for Biden's national coronavirus strategy," 25 Nov. 2020 Faster, more frequent commuter rail service is part of SANDAG’s 5 Big Moves, a comprehensive plan to invest in regional public transportation networks and to get more people to use mass transit. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coaster to expand rail service to S.D. Convention Center," 15 Nov. 2020 The group has evolved over the years, starting as the Downtown Plan Implementation Committee to oversee the city’s comprehensive plan regarding building design, traffic, parking, land use and development. Suzanne Baker,, "Downtown Advisory Commission asks to disband as so members won’t violate open meetings laws," 13 Nov. 2020 Passing a stimulus bill will be crucial to moving that comprehensive plan forward. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "What President-elect Biden could do for the environment in his first 100 days," 12 Nov. 2020 The settlement requires Zoom to implement a comprehensive security plan and cease any misrepresentation of its security or data-handling practices. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Zoom settles FTC case accusing it of privacy missteps with no fine," 9 Nov. 2020 Aberdeen’s director of planning and community development Phyllis Grover said Tuesday that the two sites have been categorized as growth areas in the city’s comprehensive plan for the past 18 years. James Whitlow,, "Harford County Council to take up zoning waiver for Aberdeen development, potentially paving the way for 170 homes," 6 Nov. 2020 The new task force aimed at addressing a recent rise in gang and gun violence in Orange County began its work Friday to develop a four-part comprehensive plan focused on prevention, intervention, enforcement and prosecution solutions. Grace Toohey,, "Orange safety task force begins search for solutions to rising gang violence," 6 Nov. 2020 Seating at the Alamodome will be limited to about 12,000 fans and will include a comprehensive health and safety plan to protect against the spread of the virus. John Whisler,, "Mario Barrios’ world title opponent remains confident despite underdog role," 27 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of comprehensive was in 1614

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1 Dec 2020

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“Comprehensive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of comprehensive

: including many, most, or all things
British : of or relating to a comprehensive school


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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