Comprehensive

Com`pre*hen"sive

(?), a. [Cf. F. comprhensif.] 1. Including much; comprising many things; having a wide scope or a full view.
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A very comprehensive definition.
Bentley.
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Large and comprehensive idea.
Channing.
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2. Having the power to comprehend or understand many things. "His comprehensive head." Pope.
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3. (Zol.) Possessing peculiarities that are characteristic of several diverse groups.
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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.
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