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of large scope; inclusive; having an extended mental range or grasp: a comprehensive study of the situation
Not to be confused with:
comprehensible – capable of being understood; intelligible: a comprehensible explanation of a scientific study
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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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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
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(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.
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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.
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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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toàn diện


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).
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[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
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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
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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
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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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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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No well-informed man will suppose that the affairs of such a confederacy can be properly regulated by a government less comprehensive in its organs or institutions than that which has been proposed by the convention.
My heart flooded over with tender pity for these poor sweet women--though perhaps chiefly for my own sad lot in not encountering them,--and I conceived a great comprehensive love-poem to be entitled "The Girls that never can be Mine." Perhaps before the end of our tramp together, I shall have a few verses of it to submit to the elegant taste of the reader, but at present I have not advanced beyond the title.
Astor in his comprehensive project, might throw light upon portions of our country quite out of the track of ordinary travel, and as yet but little known.
O my soul, there is nowhere a soul which could be more loving and more comprehensive and more extensive!
True, both his eyes, in themselves, must simultaneously act; but is his brain so much more comprehensive, combining, and subtle than man's, that he can at the same moment of time attentively examine two distinct prospects, one on one side of him, and the other in an exactly opposite direction?
It is said that when a pupil leaves the gymnasium, he not only has a comprehensive education, but he KNOWS what he knows--it is not befogged with uncertainty, it is burnt into him so that it will stay.
WHEN the people of America reflect that they are now called upon to decide a question, which, in its consequences, must prove one of the most important that ever engaged their attention, the propriety of their taking a very comprehensive, as well as a very serious, view of it, will be evident.
It is only to be lamented that any of her citizens should wish to deprive her of the additional merit of displaying its full efficacy in the establishment of the comprehensive system now under her consideration.
She considered it as an act of indispensable duty to clear away the claims of creditors with all the expedition which the most comprehensive retrenchments could secure, and saw no dignity in anything short of it.
It may also be considered whether the quantity of each person's property may not be settled in a different manner from what he has done it in, by making it more determinate; for he says, that every one ought to have enough whereon to live moderately, as if any one had said to live well, which is the most comprehensive expression.
Looking round him in the twilight of the horse-box, Vronsky unconsciously took in once more in a comprehensive glance all the points of his favorite mare.
In the intervals of this work Ruskin published others less comprehensive, two of which are of the first importance.

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