apprehensive


ap·pre·hen·sive

adjective \ˌa-pri-ˈhen(t)-siv\

: afraid that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen : feeling or showing fear or apprehension about the future

Full Definition of APPREHENSIVE

1
:  capable of understanding or quick to do so :  discerning
2
:  having awareness or knowledge of something :  cognizant
3
:  viewing the future with anxiety or alarm
ap·pre·hen·sive·ly adverb
ap·pre·hen·sive·ness noun

Examples of APPREHENSIVE

  1. <I'm fully apprehensive of the options, I assure you.>
  2. When the Crossroads Rhode Island social services agency switched to a 401(k) retirement plan from a pension last year, it added a feature that made some employees apprehensive. To ensure that as many employees as possible saved for retirement, the Providence nonprofit chose to automatically enroll all its workers into the 401(k) plan and deduct a minimum of 4 percent from their paychecks. —Andrew Caffrey, Boston Sunday Globe, 2 Oct. 2005

Origin of APPREHENSIVE

(see apprehension)
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with APPREHENSIVE

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