Meaning of COMPREHENSIVE in English

/ ˌkɒmprɪˈhensɪv; NAmE ˌkɑːm-/ adjective , noun

■ adjective


including all, or almost all, the items, details, facts, information, etc., that may be concerned

SYN complete , full :

a comprehensive list of addresses

a comprehensive study

comprehensive insurance (= covering all risks)


( BrE ) ( of education ) designed for students of all abilities in the same school

►  com·pre·hen·sive·ness noun [ U ]

■ noun

(also compreˈhensive school ) (also informal comp ) (in Britain) a secondary school for young people of all levels of ability



early 17th cent.: from French compréhensif , -ive , from late Latin comprehensivus , from the verb comprehendere grasp mentally.

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