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com·pre·hen·sive / ˌkämpriˈhensiv/ • adj. 1. complete; including all or nearly all elements or aspects of something: a comprehensive list of sources. ∎  of large content or scope; wide-ranging: a comprehensive collection of photographs. ∎  (of automobile insurance) providing coverage for most risks, including damage to the policyholder's own vehicle. ∎  (also comprehensive examination) an examination testing a student’s command of a special field of knowledge. 2. archaic of or relating to understanding. DERIVATIVES: com·pre·hen·sive·ly adv. com·pre·hen·sive·ness n.

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