comprehension


com·pre·hen·sion

noun \ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-shən, -prē-\

: ability to understand

Full Definition of COMPREHENSION

1
a :  the act or action of grasping with the intellect :  understanding
b :  knowledge gained by comprehending
c :  the capacity for understanding fully <mysteries that are beyond our comprehension>
2
a :  the act or process of comprising
b :  the faculty or capability of including :  comprehensiveness
3
:  connotation 3

Examples of COMPREHENSION

  1. The students showed excellent reading comprehension.
  2. <the president's comprehension of the current situation in the Middle East>

Origin of COMPREHENSION

Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin comprehension-, comprehensio, from comprehendere to understand, comprise
First Known Use: 15th century

comprehension

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Act of or capacity for grasping with the intellect. The term is most often used in connection with tests of reading skills and language abilities, though other abilities (e.g., mathematical reasoning) may also be examined. Specialists in administering and interpreting such tests are known as psychometricians (see psychometrics) or differential psychologists. See also dyslexia; laterality; psychological testing; speech.

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