- Apprehension is defined as when you are nervous and scared about something or about what might happen.
If you are anxious and worried about a future event, then that is an example of having apprehension.
- The definition of apprehension is the act of capturing a person who may be guilty of a crime.
The seizing and detaining of a suspected murderer is an example of apprehension.
- capture or arrest
- mental grasp; perception or understanding
- a judgment or opinion
- an anxious feeling of foreboding; dread
Origin of apprehensionMiddle English apprehencioun ; from Late Latin apprehensio: see apprehend
- Fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; dread. See Synonyms at fear.
- The act of seizing or capturing; arrest.
- The ability to apprehend or understand; understanding.
Origin of apprehensionMiddle English apprehencioun, perception, from Old French apprehension, from Late Latin appreh&emacron;nsi&omacron;, appreh&emacron;nsi&omacron;n-, from Latin appreh&emacron;nsus, past participle of apprehendere, to seize; see apprehend.
- (rare) The physical act of seizing or taking hold of; seizure.
- (law) The act of seizing or taking by legal process; arrest.
- The act of grasping with the intellect; the contemplation of things, without affirming, denying, or passing any judgment; intellection; perception.
- Opinion; conception; sentiment; idea.
- The faculty by which ideas are conceived or by which perceptions are grasped; understanding.
- Anticipation, mostly of things unfavorable; dread or fear at the prospect of some future ill.
- Apprehension springs from a sense of danger when somewhat remote, but approaching; alarm arises from danger when announced as near at hand. Apprehension is less agitated and more persistent; alarm is more agitated and transient.