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

comprehensively

adverb

comprehensiveness

noun

Examples of comprehensive in a Sentence

  1. Natalie's every move was photographed, a documentation of a happy childhood as comprehensive as it was false. —John Gregory DunneNew York Review of Books15 Jan. 2004
  2. Inevitably, though, in so comprehensive an account, some important events and themes are cursorily checked off … —Isabel FonsecaTimes Literary Supplement29 Jan. 1993
  3. Walcott proceeded to misinterpret these fossils in a comprehensive and thoroughly consistent manner … —Stephen Jay GouldWonderful Life1989
  4. a comprehensive overview of European history since the French Revolution

  5. a comprehensive listing of all the paintings generally attributed to the Dutch artist Rembrandt

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Origin and Etymology of comprehensive



COMPREHENSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

comprehensive

adjective

Definition of comprehensive for English Language Learners

  • : including many, most, or all things

  • : of or relating to a comprehensive school


COMPREHENSIVE Defined for Kids

comprehensive

adjective com·pre·hen·sive \ ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen-siv \

Definition of comprehensive for Students

:including much :inclusive
  • a comprehensive course of study
  • a comprehensive description

Law Dictionary

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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