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apprehension - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'apprehension' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Apprehension [ n.]
- The act of seizing or taking hold of; seizure; as, the hand is an organ of apprehension.
- The act of seizing or taking by legal process; arrest; as, the felon, after his apprehension, escaped.
- The act of grasping with the intellect; the contemplation of things, without affirming, denying, or passing any judgment; intellection; perception.
- Opinion; conception; sentiment; idea.
- The faculty by which ideas are conceived; understanding; as, a man of dull apprehension.
- Anticipation, mostly of things unfavorable; distrust or fear at the prospect of future evil.

Meaning of 'apprehension' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . apprehension [ n]
Meaning (1):
- the cognitive condition of someone who understands
Example in sentence:
  • he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect
Meaning (2):
- the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
Example in sentence:
  • the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar
Meaning (3):
- fearful expectation or anticipation
Example in sentence:
  • the student looked around the examination room with apprehension