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encompassing adj
1 broad in scope or content; "across-the-board pay increases"; "an all-embracing definition"; "blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"; "an invention with broad applications"; "a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner; "granted him wide powers" [syn: across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket(a), broad, panoptic, wide]
2 closely encircling; "encompassing mountain ranges"; "the surrounding countryside" [syn: encompassing(a), surrounding(a)]

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encompassing
  1. present participle of encompass

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