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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.
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Noun1.comprehensiveness - completeness over a broad scope
completeness - the state of being complete and entire; having everything that is needed
2.comprehensiveness - the capacity to understand a broad range of topics; "a teacher must have a breadth of knowledge of the subject"; "a man distinguished by the largeness and scope of his views"
intelligence - the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
capaciousness, roominess - intellectual breadth; "the very capaciousness of the idea meant that agreement on fundamentals was unnecessary"; "his unselfishness gave him great intellectual roominess"
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nAusführlichkeit f; the comprehensiveness of his reportsein umfassender Bericht


(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.
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