At first everyone was apprehensive about it, but I said to her, “You sound like you were influenced by Dinah Washington.”
He was a shy and apprehensive boy who refused to leave the safety of his stroller in the park.
Two-seventy happened and with it the apprehensive city at last let out a collective whoop of relief and jubilation.
late 14c., "capable of perceiving, fitted for mental impression," from Medieval Latin apprehensivus, from Latin apprehensus, past participle of apprehendere (see apprehend). Meaning "fearful of what is to come" is recorded from 1718, via notion of "capable of grasping with the mind" (c.1600). Related: Apprehensively; apprehensiveness.