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Related to comprehensively: undoubtedly, suitably


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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Adv.1.comprehensively - in an all-inclusive manner
noncomprehensively - in a limited way
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[ˌkɒmprɪˈhensɪvlɪ] ADV (= thoroughly) → de forma exhaustiva
the book is comprehensively illustratedel libro está ampliamente ilustrado
they were comprehensively beaten by the Italian championssufrieron una derrota aplastante frente a or ante los campeones italianos
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[ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnsɪvli] adv [reject, destroy, rebuild] → complètement; [beat, defeat] → à plate couture
England were comprehensively beaten by South Africa → L'Afrique du Sud a battu l'Angleterre à plate couture.comprehensive school n (British) école secondaire non sélective avec libre circulation d'une section à l'autreCES m
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[ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnsɪvlɪ] adv (study, review) → in modo esauriente; (describe) → dettagliatamente
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(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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The SAFETY of the people doubtless has relation to a great variety of circumstances and considerations, and consequently affords great latitude to those who wish to define it precisely and comprehensively.
He had just made the acquaintance of a group of citizens when an invisible dog began to yelp and snarl and howl and make himself very comprehensively disagreeable, whereupon young Wilson said, much as one who is thinking aloud:
And although one cannot give a final judgment on all of these things unless one possesses the particulars of those states in which a decision has to be made, nevertheless I will speak as comprehensively as the matter of itself will admit.
The man had gone into a rage and had sworn comprehensively. Stung by his language, his tormentors had immediately bristled at him with a great show of resenting unjust oaths.
Men who entered from the street felt it immediately, and in response to their queries the barkeepers nodded at the back room, and said comprehensively, "Burning Daylight's on the tear." And the men who entered remained, and kept the barkeepers busy.
"Oh, isn't it wonderful?" she said, waving her hand comprehensively at the good world outside.
By this motion the whale must best and most comprehensively view whatever objects may be encircling him.
Behind these words we use--the adventure, the novel, the drama, the romance, the situation, in short, as we most comprehensively say--behind them all stands the same sharp fact which they all in their different ways represent."
Neither subject, it should be carefully noted, is treated in any way comprehensively. c) The third part is occupied with miscellaneous precepts relating mostly to actions of domestic and everyday life and conduct which have little or no connection with one another.
Hammerfield paused and cleared his throat)-- "something that cannot be defined comprehensively except to such minds and temperaments as are philosophical.
In the 'Moral' Essays he had intended to deal comprehensively with human nature and institutions, but such a systematic plan was beyond his powers.
Mercedes looked over their shoulders and nodded comprehensively, it was all so very simple.

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