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1. So large in scope or content as to include much: a comprehensive history of the revolution.
2. Marked by or showing extensive understanding: comprehensive knowledge.
n. often comprehensives
An examination or series of examinations covering the entire field of major study, given to a student in the final year of undergraduate or graduate study.

[Late Latin comprehēnsīvus, conceivable, from Latin comprehēnsus, past participle of comprehendere, to comprehend; see comprehend.]

com′pre·hen′sive·ly adv.
com′pre·hen′sive·ness n.


1. of broad scope or content; including all or much
2. (Insurance) (of a car insurance policy) providing protection against most risks, including third-party liability, fire, theft, and damage
3. having the ability to understand
4. (Education) of, relating to, or being a comprehensive school
(Education) short for comprehensive school
ˌcompreˈhensively adv
ˌcompreˈhensiveness n


(ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn sɪv)

1. of large scope; covering much; inclusive: a comprehensive study.
2. having or marked by an extensive mental range or grasp: comprehensive understanding.
3. (of insurance) providing broad protection against loss.
4. Often, comprehensives. Also called comprehen′sive examina`tion. an extensive examination given to measure general progress or proficiency in a major field of study.
[1605–15; < Late Latin]
com`pre•hen′sive•ly, adv.
com`pre•hen′sive•ness, n.


1. 'comprehensible'

If something is comprehensible, you can understand it.

The object is to make our research readable and comprehensible.
...language comprehensible only to the legal mind.
2. 'comprehensive'

If something is comprehensive, it is complete and includes everything that is important.

...a comprehensive list of all the items in stock.
Linda received comprehensive training after joining the firm.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.comprehensive - an intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge; "she took her comps in English literature"
exam, examination, test - a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge; "when the test was stolen the professor had to make a new set of questions"
Adj.1.comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
complete - having every necessary or normal part or component or step; "a complete meal"; "a complete wardrobe"; "a complete set of the Britannica"; "a complete set of china"; "a complete defeat"; "a complete accounting"
general - applying to all or most members of a category or group; "the general public"; "general assistance"; "a general rule"; "in general terms"; "comprehensible to the general reader"
broad, wide - having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other; "wide roads"; "a wide necktie"; "wide margins"; "three feet wide"; "a river two miles broad"; "broad shoulders"; "a broad river"
incomprehensive, noncomprehensive - not comprehensive
2.comprehensive - broad in scope; "a comprehensive survey of world affairs"
inclusive - including much or everything; and especially including stated limits; "an inclusive art form"; "an inclusive fee"; "his concept of history is modern and inclusive"; "from Monday to Friday inclusive"



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1. (= complete) [list, guide, range] → completo; [report, description, study] → exhaustivo; [account, view] → de conjunto, integral; [knowledge] → extenso; [training] → completo, exhaustivo; [victory, defeat] → aplastante
2. (Brit) (Scol) comprehensive education sistema de enseñanza secundaria que abarca a alumnos de todos los niveles de aptitud
comprehensive schoolinstituto m (de segunda enseñanza)
3. (Insurance) (also fully comprehensive) [insurance, policy, cover] → a todo riesgo
B. N (also comprehensive school) → instituto m (de segunda enseñanza)
La mayoría de las escuelas de educación secundaria en el Reino Unido se conocen como comprehensive schools y ofrecen una gran variedad de asignaturas para cubrir las necesidades educativas de alumnos con diferentes aptitudes. Fueron creadas en los años sesenta en un intento de fomentar la igualdad de oportunidades y acabar con la división tradicional entre los centros selectivos de enseñanzas teóricas (grammar schools) y otros de enseñanza básicamente profesional (secondary modern schools).


[review, study, list, survey] → (très) complet/ète; [range] → (très) complet/ète
a comprehensive guide → un guide complet
[victory, defeat] → total(e)
[education, system] → polyvalent(e)
n (also comprehensive school) (British) école secondaire non sélective avec libre circulation d'une section à l'autreCES mcomprehensive insurance policy nassurance f tous risques


adjumfassend; to go comprehensive (Brit Sch) → (eine) Gesamtschule werden; (fully) comprehensive insuranceVollkasko (→ versicherung f) nt; are you comprehensive? (Insur) → sind Sie vollkaskoversichert?, haben Sie Vollkasko? (inf)
n (Brit) → Gesamtschule f


1. adj (study) → esauriente; (knowledge) → esteso/a; (description) → dettagliato/a; (report, review) → completo/a, esauriente; (measures) → di vasta portata
comprehensive insurance policy (Aut) → polizza f casco inv
2. n (Brit) (also comprehensive school) scuola secondaria dagli 11 ai 18 anni, aperta a tutti


(kompriˈhend) verb
1. to understand.
2. to include.
ˌcompreˈhensible adjective
capable of being understood.
ˌcompreˈhension (-ʃən) noun
the act or power of understanding. After reading the passage the teacher asked questions to test the children's comprehension.
ˈcompreˈhensive (-siv) adjective
including many things. The school curriculum is very comprehensive.
ˌcompreˈhensively adverb
ˌcompreˈhensiveness noun
comprehensive school
one that provides education for children of all abilities.


شَامِل komplexní omfattende umfassend εκτενής exhaustivo kattava exhaustif obuhvatan completo 総合的な 포괄적인 allesomvattend omfattende wyczerpujący abrangente всесторонний heltäckande ที่ครอบคลุม kapsamlı toàn diện 全面的
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The business thus announced, comprehensive as it was, did not flourish.

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