anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil.
the faculty or act of apprehending, especially 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; seizure.

1350–1400; Middle English (< Old French) < Late Latin apprehēnsiōn- (stem of apprehēnsiō), equivalent to apprehens- (see apprehensible) + -iōn- -ion

nonapprehension, noun
overapprehension, noun
preapprehension, noun
reapprehension, noun

1. 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. capture.

1. composure, tranquillity. 5. release. Unabridged
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apprehension (ˌæprɪˈhɛnʃən)
1.  fear or anxiety over what may happen
2.  the act of capturing or arresting
3.  the faculty of comprehending; understanding
4.  a notion or conception

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Word Origin & History

1570s, "seizure on behalf of authority," from L. apprehensionem (nom. apprehensio), noun of action from apprehendere (see apprehend). Meaning "lay hold of with the mind" is attested from 1580s; that of "anticipation" (usually with dread) is recorded from c.1600.
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Example sentences
Panic attacks are episodes of intense fear or apprehension.
Filled with apprehension, she decides to see a psychiatrist and a neurologist
  and to get her brain scanned.
After that, I worked in a state of constant apprehension.
Our first thoughts are for safety of the community and for prompt apprehension
  of the person responsible.
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