Dictionary Definition

'Comprehensive'

Definition of 'comprehensive'
From: WordNet
adjective
Including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education" [ant: incomprehensive, noncomprehensive]
adjective
Broad in scope; "a comprehensive survey of world affairs"
noun
An intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge; "she took her comps in English literature" [syn: comprehensive examination, comprehensive, comp]
Definition of 'Comprehensive'
From: GCIDE
Comprehensive \Com`pre*hen"sive\, a. [Cf. F. compr['e]hensif.]
1. Including much; comprising many things; having a wide scope or a full view. [1913 Webster]
A very comprehensive definition. --Bentley. [1913 Webster]
Large and comprehensive idea. --Channing. [1913 Webster]
2. Having the power to comprehend or understand many things. "His comprehensive head." --Pope. [1913 Webster]
3. (Zool.) Possessing peculiarities that are characteristic of several diverse groups. [1913 Webster]
Note: The term is applied chiefly to early fossil groups which have a combination of structures that appear in more fully developed or specialized forms in later groups. Synthetic, as used by Agassiz, is nearly synonymous.
Syn: Extensive; wide; large; full; compendious. [1913 Webster]
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