- uneasy or fearful about something that might happen: apprehensive for the safety of the mountain climbers.
- quick to learn or understand.
- perceptive; discerning (usually followed by of).
- fearful or anxious
late 14c., “capable of perceiving, fitted for mental impression,” from Medieval Latin apprehensivus, from Latin apprehensus, past participle of apprehendere (see ). Meaning “fearful of what is to come” is recorded from 1718, via notion of “capable of grasping with the mind” (c.1600). Related: Apprehensively; apprehensiveness.