- 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
Synonyms for comprehensive
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- 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
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
"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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