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

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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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My top priority is reviewing the budget to fund transportation infrastructure and exploring new modes of transportation such as water ferries, light rail, bus rapid transit, carpooling and comprehensive trolley systems. Nick Hollkamp, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky voters guide: Who's running for Louisville Metro Council," 13 May 2018 Here's a comprehensive look at every way in which Hiram has gained power in Riverdale...and beyond. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Comprehensive List of All of Hiram Lodge's Schemes on "Riverdale"," 13 Dec. 2018 The 24-year-old landmark legislation is the most comprehensive bundle of policy and funding authorized by Congress to combat violence against women and girls. Rebecca Nagle, Teen Vogue, "The Violence Against Women Act Doesn't Include the Majority of Alaska Native Women," 29 Nov. 2018 An optional fourth camera that mounts to the trailer can be added to provide an even more comprehensive view while towing. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "The Chevy Silverado's New Towing Tech Makes Attaching a Trailer a Breeze," 20 Sep. 2018 The museum houses one of the best collections of Korean art outside the Korean peninsula, the only permanent exhibition space for ancient coins in the United States, and the world’s most comprehensive collection of work by John Singer Sargent. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Things to Do in Boston," 2 Aug. 2018 Our goal now is to develop a more comprehensive, sophisticated knowledge base about the moral and ethical dimensions of consumer brands and then disseminate that information in highly impactful ways. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "The Story of Ivanka Trump's Fashion Brand Illustrates the Power of a Shopping Boycott," 25 July 2018 Read on for a comprehensive look at breakouts, what's causing them, and how to treat them. Kelsey Castañon, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Acne — and How to Get Rid of It," 4 Dec. 2018 The effort, which helps communities re-envision a new economy, offers a comprehensive toolkit, helps them plan a new future, and has produced significant results. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of comprehensive

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for comprehensive

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comprehensive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of comprehensive

: including many, most, or all things

: of or relating to a comprehensive school

comprehensive

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

Kids Definition of comprehensive

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

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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