Apprehension meaning

ăprĭ-hĕnshən
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Fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; dread.
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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.

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The ability to apprehend or understand; understanding.
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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.

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The act of seizing or capturing; arrest.
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Capture or arrest.
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A judgment or opinion.
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An anxious feeling of foreboding; dread.
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(rare) The physical act of seizing or taking hold of; seizure.
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Mental grasp; perception or understanding.
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(law) The act of seizing or taking by legal process; arrest.
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The act of grasping with the intellect; the contemplation of things, without affirming, denying, or passing any judgment; intellection; perception.
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Anticipation, mostly of things unfavorable; dread or fear at the prospect of some future ill.
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The faculty by which ideas are conceived or by which perceptions are grasped; understanding.
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Origin of apprehension

  • Middle English apprehencioun perception from Old French apprehension from Late Latin apprehēnsiō apprehēnsiōn- from Latin apprehēnsus past participle of apprehendere to seize apprehend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin apprehensio, compare with French appréhension. See apprehend.

    From Wiktionary