1. Including much; comprising many things; having a wide scope or a full view.
A very comprehensive definition. --Bentley.
Large and comprehensive idea. --Channing.
2. Having the power to comprehend or understand many things. “His comprehensive head.”
3. Zool. Possessing peculiarities that are characteristic of several diverse groups.
Note: ☞ The term is applied chiefly to early fossil groups which have a combination of structures that appear in more fully developed or specialized forms in later groups. Synthetic, as used by Agassiz, is nearly synonymous.
Syn: -- Extensive; wide; large; full; compendious.
adj 1: including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a
comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a
comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
2: broad in scope; "a comprehensive survey of world affairs"
3: being the most comprehensive of its class; "an unabridged