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Pronunciation:  `kâmpri'hensiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  being the most comprehensive of its class; "an unabridged dictionary"
  2. [adj]  including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
  3. [adj]  broad in scope; "a comprehensive survey of world affairs"

COMPREHENSIVE is a 13 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: across-the-board, all-around(a), all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, all-round(a), blanket(a), broad, cosmopolitan, door-to-door, ecumenical, encompassing, encyclopaedic, encyclopedic, extensive, far-reaching, general, house-to-house, inclusive, large, oecumenical, omnibus(a), panoptic, plenary, spaciotemporal, spatiotemporal, super, sweeping, umbrella, unabridged, universal, well-rounded, wide, worldwide
 Antonyms: incomprehensive, noncomprehensive
 See Also: complete



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

Computing Dictionary

An early system on mit's whirlwind.

[Listed in CACM 2(5):16, May 1959].

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