comprehensive

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective So large in scope or content as to include much.
  • adjective Marked by or showing extensive understanding.
  • noun An examination or series of examinations covering the entire field of major study, given to a student in the final year of undergraduate or graduate study.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Comprehending, including, or embracing much in a comparatively small compass; containing much within narrow limits.
  • More specifically Having the quality of comprehending or including a great number of particulars or a wide extent, as of space or time; of large scope; capacious.
  • Having the power to comprehend or understand.
  • Synonyms and Broad, extensive, large, capacious.
  • In logic, intensive; relating to logical comprehension.
  • In biology, of a general or synthetic type of structure. See synthetic. 3.
  • noun An establishment in which cotton-bales are compressed for transportation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Including much; comprising many things; having a wide scope or a full view.
  • adjective Having the power to comprehend or understand many things.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Possessing peculiarities that are characteristic of several diverse groups.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Broadly or completely covering; including a large proportion of something.
  • noun UK A comprehensive school.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge
  • adjective broad in scope
  • adjective including all or everything

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin comprehēnsīvus, conceivable, from Latin comprehēnsus, past participle of comprehendere, to comprehend; see comprehend.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin comprehensivus.

Examples

  • The Bush administration tended not to use "comprehensive," a code word for peace between Israel and all its remaining Arab adversaries: the Palestinians, Syria and Lebanon.

    The Washington Times stories: Latest Headlines

  • The Bush administration tended not to use "comprehensive," a code word for peace between Israel and all its remaining Arab adversaries: the Palestinians, Syria and Lebanon.

    The Washington Times stories: Latest Headlines

  • First, we dropped the word comprehensive from the title of the bill.

    The Good Fight

  • First, we dropped the word comprehensive from the title of the bill.

    The Good Fight

  • First, we dropped the word comprehensive from the title of the bill.

    The Good Fight

  • He uses the term comprehensive immigration reform a lot more often.

    CNN Transcript Jul 14, 2008

  • Besides summit diplomacy, he says China will pursue country-specific, region-specific and area-specific diplomacy in what he described as a "comprehensive" and "coordinated way".

    Chinese Foreign Relations to Focus on More Active Diplomacy

  • Besides summit diplomacy, he says China will pursue country-specific, region-specific and area-specific diplomacy in what he described as a "comprehensive" and "coordinated way".

    Chinese Foreign Relations to Focus on More Active Diplomacy

  • As a price for this deal — which will likely require Berlin committing to lend more money to weak euro-zone states if needed — Germany wants what it calls a comprehensive agreement aimed at improving the competitiveness of euro-zone countries' economies.

    Europe Summit to Focus on Funds

  • They say APEC will move toward a more concrete vision of the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, including what they call comprehensive, high quality liberalization to address "next generation" trade and investment issues.

    APEC Leaders Conclude Summit, Obama Heads Home

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  • “Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.” - George Washington

    December 6, 2010