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apprehensive


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Apprehensive  \Ap`pre*hen"sive\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  appr['e]hensif.  See 
  {Apprehend}.] 
  1.  Capable  of  apprehending,  or  quick  to  do  so  apt; 
  discerning. 
 
  It  may  be  pardonable  to  imagine  that  a  friend,  a 
  kind  and  apprehensive  .  .  .  friend,  is  listening  to 
  our  talk.  --Hawthorne. 
 
  2.  Knowing;  conscious;  cognizant.  [R.] 
 
  A  man  that  has  spent  his  younger  years  in  vanity  and 
  folly,  and  is  by  the  grace  of  God,  apprehensive  of 
  it  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  3.  Relating  to  the  faculty  of  apprehension. 
 
  Judgment  .  .  .  is  implied  in  every  apprehensive  act 
  --Sir  W. 
  Hamilton. 
 
  4.  Anticipative  of  something  unfavorable'  fearful  of  what  may 
  be  coming;  in  dread  of  possible  harm;  in  expectation  of 
  evil. 
 
  Not  at  all  apprehensive  of  evils  as  a  distance. 
  --Tillotson. 
 
  Reformers  .  .  .  apprehensive  for  their  lives. 
  --Gladstone. 
 
  5.  Sensible;  feeling;  perceptive.  [R.] 
 
  Thoughts,  my  tormentors,  armed  with  deadly  stings, 
  Mangle  my  apprehensive,  tenderest  parts  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  apprehensive 
  adj  1:  quick  to  understand;  "a  kind  and  apprehensive  friend"- 
  Nathaniel  Hawthorne  [syn:  {discerning}] 
  2:  mentally  upset  over  possible  misfortune  or  danger  etc 
  worried;  "anxious  parents";  "anxious  about  her  job";  "not 
  used  to  a  city  and  anxious  about  small  things";  "felt 
  apprehensive  about  the  consequences"  [syn:  {anxious}] 
  3:  in  fear  or  dread  of  possible  evil  or  harm;  "apprehensive  for 
  one's  life";  "apprehensive  of  danger" 




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