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apprehension

[ap-ri-hen-shuh n] /ˌæp rɪˈhɛn ʃən/
noun
1.
anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil.
2.
the faculty or act of apprehending, especially intuitive understanding; perception on a direct and immediate level.
3.
acceptance of or receptivity to information without passing judgment on its validity, often without complete comprehension.
4.
a view, opinion, or idea on any subject.
5.
the act of arresting; seizure.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1. composure, tranquillity. 5. release.
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British Dictionary definitions for preapprehension

apprehension

/ˌæprɪˈhɛnʃən/
noun
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 and History for preapprehension

apprehension

n.

"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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