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 Dictionary entry overview: What does comprehensive mean? 

  The noun COMPREHENSIVE has 1 sense:

1. an intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge

  Familiarity information: COMPREHENSIVE used as a noun is very rare.

  The adjective COMPREHENSIVE has 2 senses:

1. including all or everything
2. broad in scope

  Familiarity information: COMPREHENSIVE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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An intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


comp; comprehensive; comprehensive examination

Context example:

she took her comps in English literature

Hypernyms ("comprehensive" is a kind of...):

exam; examination; test (a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge)


Sense 1comprehensive [BACK TO TOP]


Including all or everything

Context examples:

comprehensive coverage / a comprehensive history of the revolution / a comprehensive survey / a comprehensive education


large (having broad power and range and scope)

omnibus (providing for many things at once)

plenary (full in all respects)

spaciotemporal; spatiotemporal (existing in both space and time; having both spatial extension and temporal duration)

schoolwide (occurring or extending throughout a school)

statewide (occurring or extending throughout a state)

super (including more than a specified category)

umbrella (covering or applying simultaneously to a number of similar items or elements or groups)

encyclopaedic; encyclopedic (broad in scope or content)

door-to-door; house-to-house (omitting no one; from the door of one house to that of the next)

across-the-board; all-embracing; all-encompassing; all-inclusive; blanket; broad; encompassing; extensive; panoptic; wide (broad in scope or content)

all-around; all-round; well-rounded (many-sided)

citywide (occurring or extending throughout a city)

countywide (occurring or extending throughout a county)

countrywide; nationwide (occurring or extending throughout a country or nation)

cosmopolitan; ecumenical; general; oecumenical; universal; world-wide; worldwide (of worldwide scope or applicability)


complete (having every necessary or normal part or component or step)

general (applying to all or most members of a category or group)

broad; wide (having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other)


comprehensiveness; fullness (completeness over a broad scope)


noncomprehensive (not comprehensive)

Sense 2comprehensive [BACK TO TOP]


Broad in scope

Context example:

a comprehensive survey of world affairs


inclusive (including much or everything; and especially including stated limits)

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