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Definition large in scope; or including everything or everything important
  • The site provides a comprehensive survey of world affairs.
comprehensive = including everything important
  • The book provides a comprehensive history of the revolution.
  • comprehensive = including everything important
  • Her insurance includes comprehensive coverage.
  • comprehensive = including everything
  • You have one week to prepare a comprehensive report on why the initiative is failing.
  • comprehensive = including everything important
  • Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking.
    R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Rudy and Tommy were given another comprehensive drill session while the others went inside to learn tactics.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • comprehensive = detailed
  • The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • comprehensive = large in scope
  • Now seems like a good time to introduce them a little more comprehensively:
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • comprehensively = with detail
  • Gentlemen of the free-and-easy sort, who plume themselves on being acquainted with a move or two, and being usually equal to the time-of-day, express the wide range of their capacity for adventure by observing that they are good for anything from pitch-and-toss to manslaughter; between which opposite extremes, no doubt, there lies a tolerably wide and comprehensive range of subjects.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • comprehensive = large in scope
  • He felt that his advice was sound, that he was showing a most comprehensive grasp of the situation.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Malefactor
  • From this day natural philosophy, and particularly chemistry, in the most comprehensive sense of the term, became nearly my sole occupation.
    Shelley, Mary  --  Frankenstein
  • Some senators argued against it because they wanted comprehensive immigration reform, not just piecemeal legislation.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The book Culturing Life: How Cells Became Technologies, by Han nah Lan decker, provides a comprehensive overview.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Consult, for this information, some brief history of England and a comprehensive English literature.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • "I think I got a fairly comprehensive look," he said in a light, easy voice.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Used to comprehensive ill-treatment from their own colour, they suspected a trap somewhere, and stood by to run if occasion offered.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • In tears, the Deltas were kissing and hugging one another–half a dozen twins at a time in a comprehensive embrace.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • And this gives me the opportunity, Mr. Conway, of assuring you that the hospitality of Shangri-La is of a comprehensive kind.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • If it were possible to translate the comprehensive and melodious language in which he spoke, the ode might read something like the following: "Manitou!
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • He was more casual, rough and ready and comprehensive.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past

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