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comprehension


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Comprehension  \Com`pre*hen"sion\,  n.  [L.  comprehensio:  cf  F. 
  compr['e]hension.] 
  1.  The  act  of  comprehending,  containing,  or  comprising; 
  inclusion. 
 
  In  the  Old  Testament  there  is  a  close  comprehension 
  of  the  New  in  the  New  an  open  discovery  of  the 
  Old  --Hooker. 
 
  2.  That  which  is  comprehended  or  inclosed  within  narrow 
  limits;  a  summary;  an  epitome.  [Obs.] 
 
  Though  not  a  catalogue  of  fundamentals,  yet  .  .  .  a 
  comprehension  of  them  --Chillingworth. 
 
  3.  The  capacity  of  the  mind  to  perceive  and  understand;  the 
  power,  act  or  process  of  grasping  with  the  intellect; 
  perception;  understanding;  as  a  comprehension  of  abstract 
  principles. 
 
  4.  (Logic)  The  complement  of  attributes  which  make  up  the 
  notion  signified  by  a  general  term. 
 
  5.  (Rhet.)  A  figure  by  which  the  name  of  a  whole  is  put  for  a 
  part  or  that  of  a  part  for  a  whole,  or  a  definite  number 
  for  an  indefinite. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  comprehension 
  n  1:  an  ability  to  understand  the  meaning  or  importance  of 
  something  (or  the  knowledge  acquired  as  a  result);  "how 
  you  can  do  that  is  beyond  my  comprehension";  "he  was 
  famous  for  his  comprehension  of  American  literature" 
  [ant:  {incomprehension}] 
  2:  the  relation  of  comprising  something  "he  admired  the 
  inclusion  of  so  many  ideas  in  such  a  short  work"  [syn:  {inclusion}] 
  3:  the  act  of  comprising  something  [syn:  {comprising}] 




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