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apprehensive

Line breaks: ap¦pre|hen|sive
Pronunciation: /aprɪˈhɛnsɪv
 
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Definition of apprehensive in English:

adjective

1Anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen: he felt apprehensive about going home
More example sentences
  • I was very anxious and apprehensive about going in to work.
  • In the absence of common interests states will be competitive, apprehensive, and even fearful.
  • Approaching exam time children get apprehensive and nervous about learning and become worried about making a fool of themselves.
Synonyms
anxious, alarmed, worried, uneasy, nervous, concerned, agitated, restless, edgy, on edge, fidgety, tense, strained, stressed, neurotic, panicky, afraid, scared, frightened, fearful, terrified
British informal stressy
2 rare Relating to perception or understanding.

Origin

late Middle English (in sense 2): from French appréhensif or medieval Latin apprehensivus, from Latin apprehendere 'seize, grasp' (see apprehend).

Derivatives

apprehensively

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • One of the boys sleeps on a sofa while the other stares complacently at the camera, arms raised apprehensively.
  • I looked around apprehensively to find the ‘essential services only’ notice but could see nothing.
  • We wonder apprehensively about what will happen to the traffic as the economy expands, and ever more people switch from two wheels to four.

apprehensiveness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Patients experience overwhelming apprehensiveness and anxiety, fear of death, and coldness, followed by body weakness and dizziness.
  • You're driving mad with all this constant eye moving, and apprehensiveness, and such.
  • If everything had been taken into account, her apprehensiveness towards others had probably started in elementary school, around second grade.

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