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.