View synonyms for comprehensive


[ kom-pri-hen-siv ]


  1. of large scope; covering or involving much; inclusive:

    a comprehensive study of world affairs.

    Synonyms: full, extensive, wide, broad

  2. comprehending or thoroughly understanding with one's mind; having an extensive mental range or grasp, as of a particular subject or many subjects.
  3. Insurance. covering or providing broad protection against loss.


  1. none comprehensives. Also called comprehensive examination. Informal, none comps. an examination of extensive coverage given to measure a student's general progress, proficiency in their major field of study, or the like.
  2. the detailed layout of an advertisement, showing placement of photographs, illustrations, copy, etc., as for presentation to a client. Compare visual ( def 7 ).


/ ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnsɪv /


  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
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“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Derived Forms

  • ˌcompreˈhensively, adverb
  • ˌcompreˈhensiveness, noun
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Other Words From

  • compre·hensive·ly adverb
  • compre·hensive·ness noun
  • noncom·pre·hensive adjective
  • noncom·pre·hensive·ly adverb
  • noncom·pre·hensive·ness noun
  • precom·pre·hensive adjective
  • precom·pre·hensive·ly adverb
  • precom·pre·hensive·ness noun
  • quasi-compre·hensive adjective
  • quasi-compre·hensive·ly adverb
  • uncom·pre·hensive adjective
  • uncom·pre·hensive·ly adverb
  • uncom·pre·hensive·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of comprehensive1

First recorded in 1605–15; from Late Latin comprehēnsīvus; comprehension, -ive
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Example Sentences

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks worked diligently with the public to develop a comprehensive deer management plan.

Additionally, without a comprehensive set of insights, it can be very hard for agencies to justify budget needs to their clients as well, and how to counteract the spends that other competitors are dedicating to certain segments.

For now, the closest thing we have to a comprehensive account of America’s botched response to the coronavirus is Lawrence Wright’s sweeping story in the New Yorker.

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It formulated a comprehensive enterprise SEO strategy by listing over 2000 keywords and by doing complete local optimization.

What qualifies as vast enough, as comprehensive enough, as representative enough to faithfully render a city and its people?

The evolution of style is oft studied but rarely understood in any comprehensive manner.

Therefore, reforming this trade is part of a comprehensive strategy, including regional governance reforms, to help end the war.

A comprehensive rehabilitation approach takes into account all these factors.

And Obama would have long since signed comprehensive immigration reform into law.

The key to all our human disorder is organized education, comprehensive and universal.

But consider what it will be when the system is adopted on a more comprehensive scale.

His mind is characterized by the literalness, rather than the comprehensive grasp of great subjects.

But give me a comprehensive idea of the place, in your own inimitable unvarnished diction.

Those who attach a high value to original and comprehensive thought will scarcely consider him entitled to such an epithet.





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