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apprehension

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1 suspicion or fear of future harm or misfortune
  • the hikers entered the dark cave with a great deal of apprehension

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2 the act of taking into one's control by authority of law
  • apprehension of the burglar set the neighborhood at ease

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4 the knowledge gained from the process of coming to know or understand something
  • a good apprehension of how computer systems work

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The first known use of apprehension was in the 14th century

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“Apprehension.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/apprehension. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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