Definition of comprehensive in English:

comprehensive

Line breaks: com|pre¦hen|sive
Pronunciation: /kɒmprɪˈhɛnsɪv
 
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adjective

1Including or dealing with all or nearly all elements or aspects of something: a comprehensive list of sources
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  • From a comprehensive list of nearly 1,600 daily newspapers, 500 newspapers were selected using standard interval sampling.
  • The Guide contains a comprehensive list of businesses and services in the town and contains a very useful street map of Ballinrobe.
  • Its Explore Kodiak guide has a comprehensive list of outfitters and free activities.
1.1Of large content or scope; wide-ranging: a comprehensive collection of photographs
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  • Its thorough research and comprehensive scope should prove invaluable for anyone seriously interested in the subject.
  • The design phase is comprehensive in scope, tackling everything from content and design to functionality and user interface.
  • The Senate Inquiry into mandatory sentencing was broad-ranging, thorough and comprehensive in terms of scope and evidence.
Synonyms
1.2(Of a victory or defeat) achieved or suffered by a large margin: a comprehensive victory for Swansea
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  • Almost immediately afterwards, the Under-17s cemented victory in their own league with a comprehensive defeat of visitors Sandbach.
  • However, this was a very comprehensive victory, a complete team performance.
  • Brookes added the goal to complete a comprehensive victory for Albion.
1.3(Of motor-vehicle insurance) providing cover for most risks, including damage to the policyholder’s own vehicle.
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  • Some cost items will differ for different vehicle types, notably comprehensive insurance, but in the main it is reasonable to use fleet size.
  • Is it possible to take out one insurance policy, preferably comprehensive, that would cover us all to drive either of the cars?
  • The good news for motorists with fully comprehensive insurance is that they are covered if their car has water damage.
2British Relating to or denoting a system of secondary education in which children of all abilities from a particular area are educated in one school: a comprehensive school
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  • It is important that all schools see themselves, and are seen, as part of a comprehensive system of secondary education.
  • The comprehensive education system was last night seized upon as a key factor in reducing the chances of Scots born between 1967 and 1976 bettering themselves.
  • Is the comprehensive education system to blame for making these teachers' jobs practically impossible?
3 archaic Relating to understanding.

noun

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A comprehensive school: he trained as an accountant after leaving the local comprehensive when I was 14 I was at comprehensive
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  • About 12,000 pupils went on to study at the same 400 selective grammar schools or top-rated comprehensives.
  • The majority of these producers did not attend fee-paying schools; more went to grammar schools or comprehensives.
  • City academies - independent comprehensives part-funded by the private sector - and specialist schools will not be introduced north of the Border.

Origin

early 17th century: from French compréhensif, -ive, from late Latin comprehensivus, from the verb comprehendere 'grasp mentally'.

Derivatives

comprehensively

adverb
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  • The Papuan autonomy law has not been implemented effectively, fully and comprehensively.
  • All these details are comprehensively supported by biblical references.
  • It demonstrated how comprehensively one could control one's body and express oneself using the body.

comprehensiveness

noun
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  • The Penguin collection has enormous range and comprehensiveness.
  • I was absolutely staggered at his filing system, at its comprehensiveness and thoroughness.
  • In the study reported here, we assessed the completeness and comprehensiveness of documentation by care providers in the ICU of end-of-life care.

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