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prehension Line breaks: pre|hen|sion
Pronunciation: /prɪˈhɛnʃ(ə)n/

Definition of prehension in English:


[mass noun]
1 Zoology & Psychology The action of grasping or seizing.
Example sentences
  • After prey capture is initiated, jaw prehension is used to ingest the prey item.
  • In short, grasping food objects and small-diameter supports were probably key factors in the development of primate manual prehension.
  • Prey were captured in water using jaw prehension, triggered by visual or tactile information.
2 Philosophy An interaction of a subject with an event or entity which involves perception but not necessarily cognition.
Example sentences
  • Again, how far down you push a cultural background (or collective prehension) depends upon how far down you are willing to push individual prehension.
  • So prehension is a ferment of qualitative valuation which need not necessarily be conscious.


Early 19th century: from Latin prehensio(n-), from prehendere 'to grasp'.

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