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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 in a sentence

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

  2. an increased number of apprehensions



Did You Know?

The Latin verb prehendere really grabs our attention. It means "to grasp" or "to seize," and it is an ancestor of various English words. It teamed up with the prefix ad- (which takes the form ap- before p and means "to," "toward," or "near") to form apprehendere, the Latin predecessor of our words apprehension, apprehend, and apprehensive. When prehendere joined the prefix com- ("with," "together," "jointly"), Latin got comprehendere, and English eventually got comprehend, comprehension, and comprehensive. Prehendere also gave us the words comprise, prehensile ("adapted for seizing or grasping"), prison, reprehend, and reprise, among others.

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 for Students

  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>




Law Dictionary

apprehension

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

Legal Definition of apprehension

  1. :  arrest





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