What does comprehensive mean?

Definitions for comprehensive
ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn sɪvcom·pre·hen·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. comprehensive examination, comprehensive, compadjective

    an intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge

    "she took her comps in English literature"

  2. comprehensiveadjective

    including all or everything

    "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"

  3. comprehensiveadjective

    broad in scope

    "a comprehensive survey of world affairs"


  1. comprehensivenoun

    A comprehensive school.

  2. comprehensiveadjective

    Broadly or completely covering; including a large proportion of something.

  3. Etymology: From comprehensivus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Comprehensiveadjective

    Etymology: from comprehend.

    He must have been a man of a most wonderful comprehensive nature, because he has taken into the compass of his Canterbury tales the various manners and humours of the whole English nation in his age; not a single character has escaped him. John Dryden, Fables, Preface.

    His hand unstain’d, his uncorrupted heart,
    His comprehensive head; all int’rests weigh’d,
    All Europe sav’d, yet Britain not betray’d. Alexander Pope, Epistles.

    So diffusive, so comprehensive, so catholick a grace is charity, that whatever time is the opportunity of any other virtue, that time is the opportunity of charity. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.


  1. comprehensive

    Comprehensive refers to something that is inclusive, wide-ranging or complete, covering all or nearly all elements, aspects or details. It's aimed at providing a thorough understanding or treatment of a subject.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comprehensiveadjective

    including much; comprising many things; having a wide scope or a full view

  2. Comprehensiveadjective

    having the power to comprehend or understand many things

  3. Comprehensiveadjective

    possessing peculiarities that are characteristic of several diverse groups

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'comprehensive' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2836

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'comprehensive' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4752

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'comprehensive' in Adjectives Frequency: #387

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of comprehensive in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of comprehensive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of comprehensive in a Sentence

  1. Masa Takaya:

    The ITU informed Tokyo 2020 that a comprehensive review is necessary soon after the competitions this week, in this respect, we will continue to work closely together with the team.

  2. Kingston Reif:

    Missile defense has a role to play as part of a comprehensive effort to counter the North Korean threat but it's a limited one and its capabilities are often vastly overstated. Kingston Reif and Kingston Reif allies can not missile defense Kingston Reif way out of vulnerability to North Korea's nuclear missiles.

  3. Paul Wertheimer:

    The scandal is a lack of comprehensive crowd safety laws and the failure of public officials to enforce those that exist.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    I voted to secure the border when I was in the Senate. I think we have accomplished a lot of that work, now, I think it is time to turn our attention to comprehensive immigration reform.

  5. Ro Khanna:

    We have to be meticulous, we have to be comprehensive, but I think there's enough time if we start addressing things in September to get the work done this year.

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