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apprehensive

[ap-ri-hen-siv] /ˌæp rɪˈhɛn sɪv/
adjective
1.
uneasy or fearful about something that might happen:
apprehensive for the safety of the mountain climbers.
2.
quick to learn or understand.
3.
perceptive; discerning (usually followed by of).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin apprehēnsīvus. See apprehensible, -ive
Related forms
apprehensively, adverb
apprehensiveness, noun
nonapprehensive, adjective
overapprehensive, adjective
overapprehensively, adverb
overapprehensiveness, noun
pseudoapprehensive, adjective
pseudoapprehensively, adverb
unapprehensive, adjective
unapprehensively, adverb
unapprehensiveness, noun
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apprehensive

/ˌæprɪˈhɛnsɪv/
adjective
1.
fearful or anxious
Derived Forms
apprehensively, adverb
apprehensiveness, noun
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apprehensive

adj.

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.

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