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 Then, expand that view by aggregating data to identify trends and patterns for a more comprehensive look at churn risk and service expansion across your customer base. You Mon Tsang, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 The Trump administration was the latest U.S. government to attempt to broker a comprehensive agreement between the two parties, but a tentative deal was abandoned after all three countries elected new leadership. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2022 The legislation encourages states to include juvenile records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which would provide a more comprehensive background check for people between 18 and 21 who want to buy guns. Emma Tucker, CNN, 30 July 2022 There’s no practical reason that the news outlet should be able to produce a more useful and comprehensive shelter census than the city. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 30 July 2022 Being employed at a company that already offers comprehensive health care is a privilege that many people in music don’t have. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 29 July 2022 Her sentiment is a common one, but the most comprehensive academic studies on the subject show that utility-scale solar has not had a major effect on property values. Dan Gearino, ABC News, 29 July 2022 Companies like Peloton, Slack, and Stitch Fix offer employees telemedicine benefits that include comprehensive reproductive care. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 15 July 2022 Biden's order calls on the Department of Health and Human Services to draft sample policies for states on how to expand access to comprehensive health care for LGBT+ patients. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, 15 June 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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4 Aug 2022

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“Comprehensive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 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) \

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: covering completely or broadly a comprehensive insurance policy

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