etymology of "list comprehension"?

James Harris james.harris.1 at
Fri Nov 7 03:42:05 CET 2008

On 6 Nov, 22:13, m... at wrote:
> Chris Rebert <c... at> wrote:
> > the term
> > "comprehension" for the concept was first used in the NPL programming
> > language (Wikipedia again).
> Ah, thanks... and does "comprehension" have any special computer
> science meaning?

Good question. It seems that comprehension in this case relates to
comprehensiveness - i.e. a note of how complete a set is. From the
list at

check out in particular Merriam-Webster meanings 2a and 2b, and
Wikipedia for comprehension (logic).


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