Comprehensive
Comprehensive Com`pre*hen"sive, a. [Cf. F. compr['e]hensif.] 1. Including much; comprising many things; having a wide scope or a full view. [1913 Webster]

A very comprehensive definition. --Bentley. [1913 Webster]

Large and comprehensive idea. --Channing. [1913 Webster]

2. Having the power to comprehend or understand many things. ``His comprehensive head.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Possessing peculiarities that are characteristic of several diverse groups. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


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