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 Using Experience Management solutions from SAP, NFTE developed the Entrepreneurial Mindset Index (EMI), a comprehensive student assessment that delivers results in real-time – something that the organization had previously been unable to achieve. Michael Kure, Forbes, "Putting Disadvantaged Youths On The Path To Entrepreneurial Success," 26 Feb. 2021 Looking ahead, advocates urged comprehensive water supply planning, equitable rate studies, systems to assess the ecological impact of water removal and federal support. Morgan Greene,, "50 miles away from one of the largest freshwater systems on Earth, why is groundwater running out in northeastern Illinois?," 26 Feb. 2021 The Tourism in Zanzibar page, for instance, may one day forgo its Covid-19 reference, especially if there’s a surviving, comprehensive article about the pandemic’s effects on global tourism. Shaan Sachdev, The New Republic, "Wikipedia’s Sprawling, Awe-Inspiring Coverage of the Pandemic," 26 Feb. 2021 Civil rights groups say this new conservative coalition is an attempt to roll back the rights of LGBTQ Americans, particularly the transgender community, and stall passage of comprehensive nondiscrimination laws on the federal and state levels. Sydney Bauer, NBC News, "Anti-LGBTQ coalition targets Equality Act in the name of America's children," 26 Feb. 2021 The business is also partnered with University of Maryland Medical Systems and Towson Sports Medicine to give comprehensive care to all their athletes. Randy Mcroberts,, "Absolute Sports Performance offers a training ground, conditioning for all," 26 Feb. 2021 However, new demographic data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the first comprehensive racial breakdown of COVID-19 cases and deaths in children. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, "Children of color disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, data reveals," 25 Feb. 2021 No other technology could produce such a comprehensive survey. Julia Rosen, Science | AAAS, "Fleets of radar satellites are measuring movements on Earth like never before," 25 Feb. 2021 Website Open seasonally from May through October, this botanical garden is known not only for its lush flowers, but also for its comprehensive herbarium, which draws botanical enthusiasts from all around. Kaye Toal, Travel + Leisure, "Maine Travel Guide," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Comprehensive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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