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NOUN (1)

1. an intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge;
- Example: "she took her comps in English literature"
[syn: comprehensive examination, comprehensive, comp]


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. including all or everything;
- Example: "comprehensive coverage"
- Example: "a comprehensive history of the revolution"
- Example: "a comprehensive survey"
- Example: "a comprehensive education"

2. broad in scope;
- Example: "a comprehensive survey of world affairs"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Comprehensive \Com`pre*hen"sive\, a. [Cf. F. compr['e]hensif.] 1. Including much; comprising many things; having a wide scope or a full view. [1913 Webster] A very comprehensive definition. --Bentley. [1913 Webster] Large and comprehensive idea. --Channing. [1913 Webster] 2. Having the power to comprehend or understand many things. "His comprehensive head." --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zool.) Possessing peculiarities that are characteristic of several diverse groups. [1913 Webster] Note: The term is applied chiefly to early fossil groups which have a combination of structures that appear in more fully developed or specialized forms in later groups. Synthetic, as used by Agassiz, is nearly synonymous. Syn: Extensive; wide; large; full; compendious. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

comprehensive adj 1: including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education" [ant: incomprehensive, noncomprehensive] 2: broad in scope; "a comprehensive survey of world affairs" n 1: an intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge; "she took her comps in English literature" [syn: comprehensive examination, comprehensive, comp]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

107 Moby Thesaurus words for "comprehensive": absolute, across-the-board, aggregate, all, all-comprehensive, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, all-out, all-pervading, ample, blanket, born, broad, broad-based, capacious, clean, clear, coincident, compact, compendious, complete, concurrent, congenital, conjoint, conjugate, conjunct, consequential, considerable, consummate, copious, corporate, deep, deep-dyed, downright, dyed-in-the-wool, egregious, encompassing, encyclopedic, entire, exhaustive, expansive, extensive, full, generous, global, grand, grave, great, gross, heavy, holistic, inclusive, integral, integrated, intense, intensive, irresistible, joined, joint, main, maximum, mighty, omnibus, omnipresent, one, one and indivisible, out-and-out, outright, over-all, overall, panoramic, perfect, pervasive, plain, plenary, plumb, powerful, pure, radical, regular, serious, sheer, spacious, straight, strong, sweeping, synoptic, thorough, thoroughgoing, through-and-through, total, ubiquitous, unconditional, universal, unmitigated, unqualified, unreserved, unrestricted, utter, veritable, voluminous, whole, wholesale, wide, without exception, without omission
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

COMPREHENSIVE An early system on MIT's Whirlwind. [Listed in CACM 2(5):16, May 1959]. (2002-06-03)