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 And yet there was no source of comprehensive information to investigate the issue. Lynne Peeples, Scientific American, "What the Data Say about Police Shootings," 5 Sep. 2019 The comprehensive program spans seven years, from eighth grade to sophomore year of college. Alison Kuznitz,, "Breaking the cycle of poverty: Cambridge housing program prepares young residents for college," 8 Sep. 2019 Holland America follows a comprehensive Whale Strike Avoidance program developed in cooperation with the fisheries service and the National Parks Service, according to the corporate statement emailed by Elvejord. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal authorities reviewing video of Southeast cruise ship’s close call with killer whales," 6 Sep. 2019 In 2006, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 2651, implementing a comprehensive newborn hearing-screening program to identify the hearing status of newborns, and many new parents are aware of these screenings at birth. Kathleen King, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Support bill requiring health plans to cover hearing aids for kids," 1 Sep. 2019 The proposal outlined Friday is the fourth iteration of Metropolitan Area Projects, a comprehensive capital improvement program first approved by city voters in 1993. USA TODAY, "Burro bandits, sugarcane shake-up, naked bike ride: News from around our 50 states," 26 Aug. 2019 Berkeley is one of the only school districts in the country to institute a comprehensive garden and cooking program, thanks in part to the advocacy efforts of food activist and chef Alice Waters. Amy Ettinger, Washington Post, "Lunchtime is so short in some public schools, students are going hungry," 26 Aug. 2019 Recognizing this, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg rolled out a comprehensive mental health plan on Friday that addresses the specific concerns of young people. Allegra Kirkland, Teen Vogue, "Pete Buttigieg Is Going All In On the Youth Mental Health Crisis," 23 Aug. 2019 Neves then rounded things off with a stoppage time penalty to give Wolves a comprehensive 4-0 lead going into the second leg., "Wolves vs FC Pyunik Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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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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