apprehension

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

ap·pre·hen·sion

noun \ˌa-pri-ˈhen(t)-shən\

Definition of APPREHENSION

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

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