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.

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. Li Keqiang:

    These are important parts of our efforts to upgrade China - ASEAN cooperation... we are ready to work with the five countries to build a new framework to deepen cooperation and bring the GMS comprehensive partnership to a new level.

  2. The Belfast-born Branagh:

    Judi Dench both provides that emotional trigger, and has the mastery of the language, so it's the most comprehensive demolition of a foolish human being that one might imagine, when it's ... embodied by someone like Judi Dench you know you have a wonderful piece of dramatic writing embodied by a great performer and you hit the jackpot.

  3. Kevin Brady:

    Bottom line is, we want a comprehensive agreement with Japan, and we'll be weighing whether this first step leads up to the second.

  4. Managing Director at AlixPartners:

    One of the most dramatic developments is that demand is stagnant or falling, while investments are at an all time high. To counter margin deterioration we see comprehensive cost cutting measures across the board.

  5. Kristen Mark:

    A super common issue that arises within relationships, casual or long-term, is lack of communication, approaching conversations about sex can be really difficult due to the stigma our society places on sex and the lack of guidance provided through our incredibly limited access to medically accurate and comprehensive sex education. But it is totally necessary.

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