- fear or anxiety over what may happen
- the act of capturing or arresting
- the faculty of comprehending; understanding
- a notion or conception
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ap•pre•hen•sion /ˌæprɪˈhɛnʃən/USA pronunciation n.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- suspicion or fear of future trouble;
foreboding: [countable]had apprehensions about the upcoming meeting.[uncountable]I was filled with apprehension.
- ability to understand:[uncountable]her apprehension of the dangerous situation.
- the act of arresting;
seizure:[uncountable]prompt apprehension of criminals.
ap•pre•hen•sion (ap′ri hen′shən),USA pronunciation n.
- anticipation of adversity or misfortune;
suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil.
- the faculty or act of apprehending, esp. intuitive understanding;
perception on a direct and immediate level.
- acceptance of or receptivity to information without passing judgment on its validity, often without complete comprehension.
- a view, opinion, or idea on any subject.
- the act of arresting;
- Late Latin apprehēnsiōn- (stem of apprehēnsiō), equivalent. to apprehens- (see apprehensible) + -iōn- -ion
- Old French)
- Middle English ( 1350–1400
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged alarm, worry, uneasiness;
suspicion. Apprehension, anxiety, misgiving imply an unsettled and uneasy state of mind. Apprehension is an active state of fear, usually of some danger or misfortune:apprehension before opening a telegram.Anxiety is a somewhat prolonged state of apprehensive worry:anxiety because of a reduced income.Misgiving implies a dubious uncertainty or suspicion, as well as uneasiness:to have misgivings about the investment.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged capture.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged composure, tranquillity.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged release.
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apprehension /ˌæprɪˈhɛnʃən/ n
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