prehension

noun
pre·​hen·​sion | \ prē-ˈhen(t)-shən How to pronounce prehension (audio) \

Definition of prehension

1 : the act of taking hold, seizing, or grasping
2a : mental understanding : comprehension
b : apprehension by the senses

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It's easy to grasp the origins of prehension—it descends from the Latin verb prehendere, which means "to seize" or "to grasp." Other descendants of prehendere in English include apprehend ("arrest, seize"), comprehend ("to grasp the nature or significance of"), prehensile ("adapted for seizing or grasping"), prison, reprise ("a repeated performance"), and reprisal ("a retaliatory act"). Even the English word get comes to us from the same ancient root that led to the Latin prehendere.

Examples of prehension in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prehension was seen as a key development for the USC/Belgrade Hand. Jose Fermoso, WIRED, 26 Sep. 2008

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First Known Use of prehension

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prehension.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prehension. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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prehension

noun
pre·​hen·​sion | \ prē-ˈhen-chən How to pronounce prehension (audio) \

Medical Definition of prehension

: the act of taking hold, seizing, or grasping

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