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comprehensive

[kom-pri-hen-siv] /ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn sɪv/
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
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin comprehēnsīvus. See comprehension, -ive
Related forms
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
Can be confused
comprehensible, comprehensive.
Synonyms
1. broad, wide, extensive, full.
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British Dictionary definitions for comprehensive ex amination

comprehensive

/ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnsɪv/
adjective
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
noun
5.
Derived Forms
comprehensively, adverb
comprehensiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for comprehensive ex amination

comprehensive

adj.

"containing much," 1610s, from French comprehénsif, from Late Latin comprehensivus, from comprehens-, past participle stem of Latin comprehendere (see comprehend). Related: Comprehensively (mid-15c.); comprehensiveness.

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