Definition of apprehension in English:


Line breaks: ap¦pre|hen|sion
Pronunciation: /aprɪˈhɛnʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
1Anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen: he felt sick with apprehension [count noun]: she had some apprehensions about the filming
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  • All these concerns, apprehensions, fears and coercions can be rationally addressed.
  • Some write more openly about their fears, apprehensions and emotions.
  • And they have done it primarily by heightening and exploiting public anxieties and apprehensions.
2Understanding; grasp: his first apprehension of such large issues
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  • Experiences are grasped through either apprehension or comprehension.
  • The knowledge, then, is transformed either through intention or extension and grasped either by comprehension or apprehension.
  • Wisdom is the pure non-verbal apprehension of All.
3The action of arresting someone: they acted with intent to prevent lawful apprehension
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  • Section 18 requires an intention to do grievous bodily harm or an intent to resist or prevent the lawful apprehension or detainer or any person.
  • How public was the juvenile's arrest, apprehension, or the incident that landed the juvenile in the public eye?
  • A warrant of arrest issued for the accused's apprehension.
detention, imprisonment, incarceration
British informal nick


late Middle English (in the sense 'learning, acquisition of knowledge'): from late Latin apprehensio(n-), from apprehendere 'seize, grasp' (see apprehend).

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