- of large scope; covering or involving much; inclusive: a comprehensive study of world affairs.
- comprehending or thoroughly understanding with one's mind; having an extensive mental range or grasp, as of a particular subject or many subjects.
- Insurance. covering or providing broad protection against loss.
- 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.
- the detailed layout of an advertisement, showing placement of photographs, illustrations, copy, etc., as for presentation to a client.Compare visual(def 7).
Origin of comprehensive
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Examples from the Web for comprehensive
What qualifies as vast enough, as comprehensive enough, as representative enough to faithfully render a city and its people?A History of Paris in 150 Photographs
December 14, 2014
Therefore, reforming this trade is part of a comprehensive strategy, including regional governance reforms, to help end the war.Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War
December 3, 2014
The evolution of style is oft studied but rarely understood in any comprehensive manner.100 Years of Beauty Styles in 1 Minute
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 3, 2014
A comprehensive rehabilitation approach takes into account all these factors.Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury
November 20, 2014
In both conflicts, the long-term solution lies in a comprehensive response to the growing threat.Yemen’s a Model All Right—For Disaster
Michael Shank , Casey Harrity
November 14, 2014
Mr. Gladstone took broad and comprehensive views of the question.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He nodded again, with a comprehensive survey of the reeking floor.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
That was comprehensive enough; the details were quite certain to occur.The Gentleman From Indiana
And "nothing" is more nearly a comprehensive answer than at first you might believe.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Almost as comprehensive a cure as some of our modern universal specifics!Storyology
- of broad scope or content; including all or much
- (of a car insurance policy) providing protection against most risks, including third-party liability, fire, theft, and damage
- having the ability to understand
- of, relating to, or being a comprehensive school
- short for comprehensive school
Word Origin and History for comprehensive
"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.