comprehensive

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adjective com·pre·hen·sive \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-siv, -prē-\

Definition of comprehensive

  1. 1 :  covering completely or broadly :  inclusive comprehensive examinations comprehensive insurance

  2. 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 Dunne, New York Review of Books, 15 Jan. 2004

  2. Inevitably, though, in so comprehensive an account, some important events and themes are cursorily checked off … —Isabel Fonseca, Times Literary Supplement, 29 Jan. 1993

  3. Walcott proceeded to misinterpret these fossils in a comprehensive and thoroughly consistent manner … —Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life, 1989

  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

Origin and Etymology of comprehensive

see comprehension


First Known Use: 1614



COMPREHENSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

comprehensive

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adjective com·pre·hen·sive \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-siv, -prē-\

Definition of comprehensive for English Language Learners

  • : including many, most, or all things

  • : of or relating to a comprehensive school


COMPREHENSIVE Defined for Kids

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

Definition of comprehensive for Students

  1. :  including much :  inclusive a comprehensive course of study a comprehensive description


Law Dictionary

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

Legal Definition of comprehensive

  1. :  covering completely or broadly a comprehensive insurance policy



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