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comprehensivecom‧pre‧hen‧sive /ˌkɒmprɪˈhensɪv◂ $ ˌkɑːm-/ ●●○ W3 AWL adjective  1 COMPLETEincluding all the necessary facts, details, or problems that need to be dealt with syn thorough We offer our customers a comprehensive range of financial products. a comprehensive guide to British hotels and restaurants The following guidelines do not aim to be totally comprehensive.comprehensive review/study/survey/account etc a thorough and comprehensive review of the case a comprehensive study of alcoholismDo not confuse with comprehensible (=able to be understood) or understanding (=sympathetic about people’s problems): His report was barely comprehensible. | My parents are very understanding.2 comprehensive insurance/cover/policy3 comprehensive education/systemcomprehensively adverb No system has failed as comprehensively as the prison system.comprehensiveness noun [uncountable]COLLOCATIONScomprehensive + NOUNa comprehensive range of somethingThe town has a comprehensive range of sporting facilities.a comprehensive study/survey/assessmentThe report includes a comprehensive study of the company’s training needs.a comprehensive account/reportHe wrote a fairly comprehensive account of the islands at that time.a comprehensive guideYou’ll need to have a comprehensive guide to university courses.a comprehensive listHere is a comprehensive list of the good hotels in the area.a comprehensive serviceOur professional staff provide a comprehensive service.a comprehensive programmeYour holiday will include a comprehensive programme of sightseeing trips.a comprehensive approachHe promised a comprehensive approach to health care reform.a comprehensive pictureThe police still do not have a comprehensive picture of what happened.comprehensive informationThe information we have is fairly comprehensive.adverbsfully comprehensiveThe report does not claim to be fully comprehensive.fairly/reasonably comprehensiveThe available data on world population is reasonably comprehensive.extremely comprehensiveThe instruction manual is extremely comprehensive.
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comprehensiveJacobs is trying to make the university's policy clearer and more comprehensive.Site supervision should be both systematic and comprehensive.The result is a comprehensive and sensitive look at a life crisis for which few people are ever prepared.Your starting point will be a comprehensive assessment of the area's technical training needs.The bill called for comprehensive health insurance for all Americans.In this view, decision makers lack the cognitive capacity and the comprehensive information that would enable them to calculate utilities rationally.The committee soon offered a comprehensive plan for redevelopment and conservation in all areas of the city.At the end of the patrol I was to submit a comprehensive report of our findings.Each funded several different but related enquiries which together would provide a comprehensive review of contemporary child care.The factory was given a comprehensive safety inspection three months ago.This is the largest and most comprehensive study ever made of the city's public transportation system.A total comprehensive view was now available complete with a repertoire of techniques for implementation.comprehensive review/study/survey/account etcA comprehensive study done a few years ago focused on what particular quality was shared by winning race car drivers.Your notes should provide a concise but comprehensive account of a given topic.Each funded several different but related enquiries which together would provide a comprehensive review of contemporary child care.This is not excessive if all attachments are included and a comprehensive review of literature is included.A comprehensive review of quantitative cross-national studies of political violence.It contained a comprehensive study of the causes, prevention and treatment of crime.A comprehensive review of the patient can be achieved through the use of the care plan.But there never has been such a comprehensive study to test the theory.
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