Hypertext Webster Gateway: "comprehensive"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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. (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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a
comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a
comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
[ant: {noncomprehensive}]
2: broad in scope; "a comprehensive survey of world affairs"
3: being the most comprehensive of its class; "an unabridged

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