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.
A very comprehensive definition. --Bentley.
Large and comprehensive idea. --Channing.
2. Having the power to comprehend or understand many things.
"His comprehensive head." --Pope.
3. (Zool.) Possessing peculiarities that are characteristic
of several diverse groups.
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
Syn: Extensive; wide; large; full; compendious.