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apprehension


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Apprehension  \Ap`pre*hen"sion\,  n.  [L.  apprehensio:  cf  F. 
  appr['e]hension.  See  {Apprehend}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  seizing  or  taking  hold  of  seizure;  as  the 
  hand  is  an  organ  of  apprehension.  --Sir  T.  Browne. 
 
  2.  The  act  of  seizing  or  taking  by  legal  process;  arrest;  as 
  the  felon,  after  his  apprehension,  escaped. 
 
  3.  The  act  of  grasping  with  the  intellect;  the  contemplation 
  of  things  without  affirming,  denying,  or  passing  any 
  judgment;  intellection;  perception. 
 
  Simple  apprehension  denotes  no  more  than  the  soul's 
  naked  intellection  of  an  object.  --Glanvill. 
 
  4.  Opinion;  conception;  sentiment;  idea. 
 
  Note:  In  this  sense  the  word  often  denotes  a  belief,  founded 
  on  sufficient  evidence  to  give  preponderation  to  the 
  mind,  but  insufficient  to  induce  certainty;  as  in  our 
  apprehension,  the  facts  prove  the  issue. 
 
  To  false,  and  to  be  thought  false,  is  all  one  in 
  respect  of  men,  who  act  not  according  to  truth, 
  but  apprehension.  --South. 
 
  5.  The  faculty  by  which  ideas  are  conceived;  understanding; 
  as  a  man  of  dull  apprehension. 
 
  6.  Anticipation,  mostly  of  things  unfavorable;  distrust  or 
  fear  at  the  prospect  of  future  evil. 
 
  After  the  death  of  his  nephew  Caligula  Claudius  was 
  in  no  small  apprehension  for  his  own  life. 
  --Addison. 
 
  Syn:  {Apprehension},  {Alarm}. 
 
  Usage:  Apprehension  springs  from  a  sense  of  danger  when 
  somewhat  remote,  but  approaching;  alarm  arises  from 
  danger  when  announced  as  near  at  hand.  Apprehension  is 
  calmer  and  more  permanent;  alarm  is  more  agitating  and 
  transient. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  apprehension 
  n  1:  fearful  expectation  or  anticipation:  "the  student  looked 
  around  the  examination  room  with  apprehension"  [syn:  {apprehensiveness}, 
  {dread}] 
  2:  the  cognitive  condition  of  someone  who  understands;  "he  has 
  virtually  no  understanding  of  social  cause  and  effect" 
  [syn:  {understanding},  {discernment},  {savvy}] 
  3:  painful  expectation  [syn:  {misgiving}] 
  4:  the  act  of  apprehending  (especially  apprehending  a 
  criminal);  "the  policeman  on  the  beat  got  credit  for  the 
  collar"  [syn:  {arrest},  {catch},  {collar},  {pinch},  {taking 
  into  custody}] 




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