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Pronunciation:  `apri'henshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
  2. [n]  the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
  3. [n]  painful expectation
  4. [n]  fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"

APPREHENSION is a 12 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: apprehensiveness, arrest, catch, collar, discernment, dread, misgiving, pinch, savvy, taking into custody, understanding
 See Also: appreciation, boding, brainstorm, brainwave, capture, chill, comprehension, expectation, fear, fearfulness, foreboding, fright, gaining control, gloom, gloominess, grasp, grasping, hold, insight, knowing, outlook, pall, premonition, presentiment, prospect, realisation, realization, recognition, seizure, self-knowledge, smattering, somberness, suspense, trepidation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ap`pre*hen"sion\, n. [L. apprehensio: cf. F.
appr['e]hension. See {Apprehend}.]
1. The act of seizing or taking hold of; seizure; as, the
   hand is an organ of apprehension. --Sir T. Browne.

2. The act of seizing or taking by legal process; arrest; as,
   the felon, after his apprehension, escaped.

3. The act of grasping with the intellect; the contemplation
   of things, without affirming, denying, or passing any
   judgment; intellection; perception.

         Simple apprehension denotes no more than the soul's
         naked intellection of an object.      --Glanvill.

4. Opinion; conception; sentiment; idea.

Note: In this sense, the word often denotes a belief, founded
      on sufficient evidence to give preponderation to the
      mind, but insufficient to induce certainty; as, in our
      apprehension, the facts prove the issue.

            To false, and to be thought false, is all one in
            respect of men, who act not according to truth,
            but apprehension.                  --South.

5. The faculty by which ideas are conceived; understanding;
   as, a man of dull apprehension.

6. Anticipation, mostly of things unfavorable; distrust or
   fear at the prospect of future evil.

         After the death of his nephew Caligula, Claudius was
         in no small apprehension for his own life.

Syn: {Apprehension}, {Alarm}.

Usage: Apprehension springs from a sense of danger when
       somewhat remote, but approaching; alarm arises from
       danger when announced as near at hand. Apprehension is
       calmer and more permanent; alarm is more agitating and

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