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comprehension

comprehension

noun com·pre·hen·sion \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

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