Meaning of comprehensive

comprehensive




When you want to describe something that includes all or most details, you can use the adjective comprehensive. If you get the comprehensive treatment at a spa, it might include massage, manicure and a facial.

Comprehensive is from Latin comprehensivus, from comprehensus, the source of English comprehend. In business, comprehensive insurance is insurance that covers a broad range, offering protection against most risks of a certain type. It applies mainly to car insurance.

Definitions of comprehensive
  1. adjective

    including all or everything

    comprehensive coverage”
    “a
    comprehensive history of the revolution”
    “a
    comprehensive survey”
    “a
    comprehensive education”
    synonyms:

    overarching

    complete

    having every necessary or normal part or component or step
    across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket, broad, encompassing, extensive, panoptic, sweeping, wide

    broad in scope or content
    all-around, all-round, well-rounded

    many-sided
    citywide

    occurring or extending throughout a city
    countywide

    occurring or extending throughout a county
    countrywide, nationwide

    occurring or extending throughout a country or nation
    cosmopolitan, ecumenical, general, oecumenical, universal, world-wide, worldwide

    of worldwide scope or applicability
    door-to-door, house-to-house

    omitting no one; from the door of one house to that of the next
    encyclopaedic, encyclopedic

    broad in scope or content
    large

    having broad power and range and scope
    omnibus

    providing for many things at once
    plenary

    full in all respects
    spaciotemporal, spatiotemporal

    existing in both space and time; having both spatial extension and temporal duration
    schoolwide

    occurring or extending throughout a school
    statewide

    occurring or extending throughout a state
    super

    including more than a specified category
    umbrella

    covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items or elements or groups
    general

    applying to all or most members of a category or group
    broad, wide

    having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other
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    Antonyms:

    incomprehensive, noncomprehensive

    not comprehensive
    limited

    including only a part
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  2. adjective

    broad in scope

    “a
    comprehensive survey of world affairs”
    Synonyms:

    inclusive

    including much or everything; and especially including stated limits
  3. noun

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

    synonyms:

    comp, comprehensive examination

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    type of:

    exam, examination, test

    a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge

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