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comprehension

[kom-pri-hen-shuh n] /ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of comprehending.
2.
the state of being comprehended.
3.
perception or understanding:
His comprehension of physics is amazing for a young student.
4.
capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; power to grasp ideas; ability to know.
5.
Logic. the connotation of a term.
6.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin comprehēnsiōn- (stem of comprehēnsiō), equivalent to comprehēns(us) (past participle of comprehendere to comprehend) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
miscomprehension, noun
noncomprehension, noun
precomprehension, noun
supercomprehension, noun
uncomprehension, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for precomprehension

comprehension

/ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən/
noun
1.
the act or capacity of understanding
2.
the state of including or comprising something; comprehensiveness
3.
(education) an exercise consisting of a previously unseen passage of text with related questions, designed to test a student's understanding esp of a foreign language
4.
(logic, obsolete) the attributes implied by a given concept or term; connotation
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Word Origin and History for precomprehension
comprehension
1540s, from L. comprehensionem "a seizing," noun of action from comprehendere (see comprehend). In reading education, from 1921.
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precomprehension in Medicine

comprehension com·pre·hen·sion (kŏm'prĭ-hěn'shən)
n.
See apperception.

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