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
Beware ye hardy shipmates that in this world and worlds to come that reality
  doth not outrun thine apprehensions.
And if the apprehensions are correct, it is way too late for the alarm.
The visit has raised expectations and apprehensions on both sides.
Idle rumors were also added to well-founded apprehensions.
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