• Comprehensive
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj comprehensive including all or everything "comprehensive coverage","a comprehensive history of the revolution","a comprehensive survey","a comprehensive education"
    • adj comprehensive broad in scope "a comprehensive survey of world affairs"
    • n comprehensive an intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge "she took her comps in English literature"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Comprehensive Having the power to comprehend or understand many things. "His comprehensive head."
    • Comprehensive Including much; comprising many things; having a wide scope or a full view. "A very comprehensive definition.""Large and comprehensive idea."
    • Comprehensive (Zoöl) Possessing peculiarities that are characteristic of several diverse groups.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • comprehensive Comprehending, including, or embracing much in a comparatively small compass; containing much within narrow limits.
    • comprehensive More specifically Having the quality of comprehending or including a great number of particulars or a wide extent, as of space or time; of large scope; capacious.
    • comprehensive Having the power to comprehend or understand.
    • comprehensive Synonyms and Broad, extensive, large, capacious.
    • comprehensive In logic, intensive; relating to logical comprehension.
    • comprehensive In biology, of a general or synthetic type of structure. See synthetic. 3.
    • n comprehensive An establishment in which cotton-bales are compressed for transportation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Comprehensive having the quality or power of comprehending much: extensive: full
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  • Frank Smith
    Frank Smith
    “Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety.”
  • Albert Schweitzer
    “As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible but more mysterious.”
  • Ivan Turgenev
    Ivan Turgenev
    “However much you knock at nature's door, she will never answer you in comprehensible words.”
  • John Adams
    “Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.”
  • Louis D. Brandeis
    Louis D. Brandeis
    “The right to be alone -- the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. compréhensif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. comprehendĕre, to seize.


In literature:

Power of comprehension seemed to have left them.
"Nedra" by George Barr McCutcheon
The facts could be stated broadly but comprehensively.
"The Inner Shrine" by Basil King
It is a comprehensive and clear presentation of the situation.
"Messages and Papers of William McKinley V.2." by William McKinley
I endeavoured to embody in the petition what appeared to me the true basis of a comprehensive system of education.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
A comprehensive survey of a complicated situation was beyond his reach.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
He tilted his head and took a comprehensive survey of the heavens.
"The Just and the Unjust" by Vaughan Kester
Doria, Jaffery and I looked at one another in mutual and dismayed comprehension.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
In the January number of this magazine appeared an excellent and comprehensive historical sketch of Fitchburg.
"The Bay State Monthly, Vol. II, No. 6, March, 1885" by Various
And it passes my comprehension what a stage-coach would do in that country.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
No wonder the astronomers of Jupiter have a more comprehensive view of the universe than we have.
"Life in a Thousand Worlds" by William Shuler Harris

In poetry:

Contrast with JAMES'S greedy haste
And comprehensive hand,
The nice discriminating taste
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The queerest languages known to man,
Sanscrit, Hebrew, Hindoostan,
Are all translated and made as free
And comprehensive as A B C.
"The Ah Goo Tongue" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Great Burke, with comprehensive mind,
Pour'd forth his thoughts, too lofty far,
To glad his humble, simple kind,
Who could not reach the lowest bar.
"Thomas Moore" by Thomas Frederick Young
Just for the look of utter comprehension;
The dear gay laugh that only true hearts know;
For these I would from life's severe detention
Arise and go.
"Hunger" by Mary Webb
And in conclusion,
When there is no more audible dissent,
He plays his comprehensive keyboard song,
The loud proud paradigm,
The one work of art without content.
"The Piano Tuner’s Wife" by Karl Shapiro
Pure was his soul, expanding ev'ry hour,
On life's frail stem it bloom'd a fragrant flow'r.
Learning adorn'd and science had refined,
Ere time matur'd, his comprehensive mind.
"Lines" by Elizabeth Bath

In news:

The Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce is the most comprehensive tool for reading up on everything the town has to offer.
Last July, the National Geographic Society released its first comprehensive map of Cuba in more than 100 years.
A Comprehensive Catalogue IS - 1 SN - 1094-7167 SP EP EPD - 72,82 A1.
Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of this type of schizophrenia.
DAP is now offering a full line of VOC compliant construction adhesives, making it one of the most comprehensive adhesive lines on the market.
Next summer, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) is slated to release the results of its newly launched "comprehensive analysis" of commercial-vehicle accident accountability.
Thermal Ceramics has produced a comprehensive company information CD-ROM called "K-Source 2003/2004".
Comprehensive overview covers causes and treatments of this extremely common skin condition.
Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment, prevention of this female infection.
The City of New Orleans can expect to meet a June 30 state deadline for submitting its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the 2011 fiscal year.
Comprehensive overview covers causes, diagnosis, treatment of problems this symptom may signal.
Chesterton Company has a comprehensive line of mechanical seals, packing, coatings, cleaners, lubricants and polymeric seals designed to maximize plant performance.
If you pay to clean up a toxic mess, can you use the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) to make another responsible party contribute to the cost.
1Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York.
But during Tuesday's hearing, the Supreme Court nominee demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the law and jurisprudence.

In science:

We expect that the privacy of a negative survey, its comprehensible guarantees, and robustness will increase the level of cooperation and accuracy in topic-sensitive studies.
Negative Surveys
More comprehensive imaging surveys followed in the next few HST observing cycles, most of which were conducted as SNAPSHOT programs, as described by Shaw et al. (2001, hereafter Paper I), Stanghellini, et al. (2002, hereafter Paper II), and Stanghellini, et al. (2003, hereafter Paper III).
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae
By matching the dynamo model to the single set of circumstances represented by the Sun, we risk the possibility of fine tuning, which could ultimately limit our comprehension of the underlying physical mechanisms.
Calibrating the Solar Dynamo: Magnetic Activity Cycles of Southern Sun-like Stars
In summary, our comprehensive analysis suggests the heating origin of key findings by , hence rendering irrelevant their conclusions. V.N.
Comment: In situ Measurement of Self-Heating in Intrinsic Tunneling Spectroscopy [PRL 94, 077003 (2005)]
The performance results presented in this publication were part of a comprehensive technical evaluation process used to evaluate the ALMA prototype antennas which concluded in April 2005.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas