Com`pre*hen"sive (?), a. [Cf. F.
compréhensif.] 1. Including
much; comprising many things; having a wide scope or a full
A very comprehensive definition.
Large and comprehensive idea.
2. Having the power to comprehend or
understand many things. "His comprehensive head."
3. (Zoöl.) Possessing
peculiarities that are characteristic of several diverse
&fist; 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.