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apprehension

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noun ap·pre·hen·sion \ˌa-pri-ˈhen(t)-shən\

Definition of apprehension

  1. 1 a :  the act or power of perceiving or comprehending <a person of dull apprehension> b :  the result of apprehending mentally :  conception <according to popular apprehension>

  2. 2 :  seizure by legal process :  arrest <apprehension of a criminal>

  3. 3 :  suspicion or fear especially of future evil :  foreboding <an atmosphere of nervous apprehension>



Examples of apprehension

  1. The thought of moving to a new city fills me with apprehension.

  2. an increased number of apprehensions



Origin of apprehension

Middle English, from Late Latin apprehension-, apprehensio, from Latin apprehendere


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with apprehension


APPREHENSION Defined for Kids

apprehension

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noun ap·pre·hen·sion \ˌa-pri-ˈhen-shən\

Definition of apprehension

  1. 1 :  2arrest

  2. 2 :  fear of or uncertainty about what may be coming <They approached the old house with apprehension.>

  3. 3 :  an understanding of something <apprehension of the poem's message>





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