comprehensive

[kom-pri-hen-siv]
adjective
1.
of large scope; covering or involving much; inclusive: a comprehensive study of world affairs.
2.
comprehending mentally; having an extensive mental range or grasp.
3.
Insurance. covering or providing broad protection against loss.
noun
4.
Often, comprehensives. Also called comprehensive examination. an examination of extensive coverage given to measure a student's general progress, proficiency in his or her major field of study, or the like.
5.
the detailed layout of an advertisement, showing placement of photographs, illustrations, copy, etc., as for presentation to a client. Compare visual ( def 7 ).

Origin:
1605–15; < Late Latin comprehēnsīvus. See comprehension, -ive

comprehensively, adverb
comprehensiveness, noun
noncomprehensive, adjective
noncomprehensively, adverb
noncomprehensiveness, noun
precomprehensive, adjective
precomprehensively, adverb
precomprehensiveness, noun
quasi-comprehensive, adjective
quasi-comprehensively, adverb
uncomprehensive, adjective
uncomprehensively, adverb
uncomprehensiveness, noun

comprehensible, comprehensive.


1. broad, wide, extensive, full.
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comprehensive (ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnsɪv)
 
adj
1.  of broad scope or content; including all or much
2.  (of a car insurance policy) providing protection against most risks, including third-party liability, fire, theft, and damage
3.  having the ability to understand
4.  of, relating to, or being a comprehensive school
 
n
5.  short for comprehensive school
 
compre'hensively
 
adv
 
compre'hensiveness
 
n

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comprehensive
"containing much," 1610s, from L. comprehensivus, from comprehens-, pp. stem of comprehendere (see comprehend). Related: Comprehensively (1620s).
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COMPREHENSIVE definition


An early system on MIT's Whirlwind.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):16, May 1959].
(2002-06-03)

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Example sentences
His wide-sweeping satirical purpose requires a comprehensive display of human
  ignorance, folly, and iniquity.
They completed a comprehensive and respectful makeover in four months on a
  limited budget.
Exceptionally comprehensive information, with an emphasis on safety.
In addition to the exhibition, there is also an illustrated companion book and
  a comprehensive online version of the exhibition.
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