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apprehension

noun ap·pre·hen·sion \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>
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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
APPREHENSION Defined for Kids

apprehension

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

Definition of APPREHENSION for Kids

1
:  2arrest
2
:  fear of or uncertainty about what may be coming <They approached the old house with apprehension.>
3
:  an understanding of something <apprehension of the poem's message>

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