1. [syn: comprehensive examination, comprehensive, comp]
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.
A very comprehensive definition. --Bentley.
Large and comprehensive idea. --Channing.
2. Having the power to comprehend or understand many things.
"His comprehensive head." --Pope.
3. (Zool.) Possessing peculiarities that are characteristic
of several diverse groups.
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
Syn: Extensive; wide; large; full; compendious.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a
comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a
comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education" [ant:
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,
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,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
An early system on MIT's Whirlwind.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):16, May 1959].