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[ap-ri-hen-shuh n] /ˌæp rɪˈhɛn ʃən/
anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil.
the faculty or act of apprehending or 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
Related forms
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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Examples from the web for apprehensions
  • 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.
  • Lizbeth's four legs and tender paws support a continuously shifting cargo of needs and apprehensions.
  • It believes that it would still have the power to hold him-or, again, anyone-on the strength of its own apprehensions.
  • Cost data, as well as data on apprehensions and seizures, were provided by agency officials.
British Dictionary definitions for apprehensions


fear or anxiety over what may happen
the act of capturing or arresting
the faculty of comprehending; understanding
a notion or conception
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Word Origin and History for apprehensions



"perception, comprehension," late 14c., from Old French apprehension or directly from Latin apprehensionem (nominative apprehensio), noun of action from past participle stem of apprehendere (see apprehend). Sense of "seizure on behalf of authority" is 1570s; that of "anticipation" (usually with dread) is recorded from c.1600.

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