- 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 comprehensiveness
The boy flushed with pleasure under the comprehensiveness of that wink.In the Midst of Alarms
I used to pride myself on that once, fool that I was, and call it comprehensiveness.Daily Thoughts
But the bird's-eye view of the city is a marvel in its perfection and comprehensiveness.Foot-prints of Travel
Maturin M. Ballou
But this will be due, not to its own tendencies, but to the comprehensiveness of the old definitions.Gryll Grange
Thomas Love Peacock
This view of the Yosemite surpasses all others in its comprehensiveness and grandeur.America, Volume 6 (of 6)
- 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 comprehensiveness
"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.