apprehension


noun

  1. anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil.
  2. the faculty or act of apprehending or understanding; perception on a direct and immediate level.
  3. acceptance of or receptivity to information without passing judgment on its validity, often without complete comprehension.
  4. a view, opinion, or idea on any subject.
  5. the act of arresting; seizure: Police apprehension of the burglar was aided by two alert teenagers.

noun

  1. fear or anxiety over what may happen
  2. the act of capturing or arresting
  3. the faculty of comprehending; understanding
  4. a notion or conception
n.

“perception, comprehension,” late 14c., from Old French apprehension or directly from Latin apprehensionem (nominative apprehensio), noun of action from past participle stem of apprehendere (see apprehend). Sense of “seizure on behalf of authority” is 1570s; that of “anticipation” (usually with dread) is recorded from c.1600.

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