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I am looking for a single word that describes something as "better in all respects."

My "failures" so far include:

  • "unilaterally better," my first attempt, but on further reflection seems to indicate better in only one respect
  • "uniformly better," which comes closer, but seems to connote something less intense than I intend

I know there is a previous question similar to this one, but none of the single-word responses there seem to fit my use case, and I would prefer here to not use a phrase such as "across the board." Any suggestions?

marked as duplicate by Drew, tchrist single-word-requests May 14 '17 at 21:03

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    One question at a time, please. A word meaning 'in all respects' or 'better in all respects'? //// A duplicate is a duplicate. – Edwin Ashworth May 13 '17 at 8:44
  • "Overall", maybe? – Mr. Robot May 14 '17 at 8:37

Perhaps comprehensively.

A is comprehensively better than B.


comprehensively ADVERB

1 In a way that includes or deals with all or nearly all elements or aspects of something.

  • This is the word that was on the tip of my (mental) tongue! Thank you very much. – Scott Colby May 16 '17 at 9:11

Possibly incomparable will suit?

Without an equal in quality or extent; matchless.
‘the incomparable beauty of Venice’


  • 'Incomparable' was given (and then deleted for some reason) in the duplicate. – Edwin Ashworth May 13 '17 at 8:15

Your attempts seem to indicate that you are finding a word to replace "in all respects" rather than "better in all respects".

I would use "overall":

adverb, taken as a whole; in all.

  • That is indeed what I was searching for, better "in all respects" vs. "better in all respects." Apologies if I did not make that clear enough. – Scott Colby May 16 '17 at 9:12

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