Definition of apprehension
1 : suspicion or fear especially of future evil : foreboding an atmosphere of nervous apprehension
2 : seizure by legal process : arrest apprehension of a criminal
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Examples of apprehension in a Sentence
The thought of moving to a new city fills me with apprehension.
an increased number of apprehensions
Recent Examples of apprehension from the Web
He was turned over to Orange police and taken to the Beachwood Jail without incident, with the victim being notified of his apprehension.
Meanwhile, apprehensions of unaccompanied minors continue to rise, with most occurring along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Turkey would need to submit a diplomatic request for Kanter's apprehension under the terms of the current extradition treaty between the two countries.
This is what the police are reporting: The suspect was able to avoid apprehension and escaped on all fours.
With a judicial success rate in the apprehension and prosecution of journalists’ killers at under two per cent, many see a pattern of official complacency, and, in some cases, of complicity.
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Elliot Madison faces charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of instruments of crime.
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Latin Helps Build Apprehension
The Latin verb prehendere really grabs our attention. It means "to grasp" or "to seize," and it is an ancestor of various English words. It teamed up with the prefix ad- (which takes the form ap- before p and means "to," "toward," or "near") to form apprehendere, the Latin predecessor of our words apprehension, apprehend, and apprehensive. When prehendere joined the prefix com- ("with," "together," "jointly"), Latin got comprehendere, and English eventually got comprehend, comprehension, and comprehensive. Prehendere also gave us the words comprise, prehensile ("adapted for seizing or grasping"), prison, reprehend, and reprise, among others.
Origin and Etymology of apprehension
Middle English, from Late Latin apprehension-, apprehensio, from Latin apprehendere —see apprehend
First Known Use: 14th century
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