What does apprehension mean?

Definitions for apprehension
ˌæp rɪˈhɛn ʃənap·pre·hen·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apprehension, apprehensiveness, dreadnoun

    fearful expectation or anticipation

    "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"

  2. understanding, apprehension, discernment, savvynoun

    the cognitive condition of someone who understands

    "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"

  3. apprehension, misgivingnoun

    painful expectation

  4. apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custodynoun

    the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

    "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"

Wiktionary

  1. apprehensionnoun

    The physical act of seizing or taking hold of; seizure.

    Etymology: From apprehensio, compare with French appréhension. See apprehend.

  2. apprehensionnoun

    The act of seizing or taking by legal process; arrest.

    Etymology: From apprehensio, compare with French appréhension. See apprehend.

  3. apprehensionnoun

    The act of grasping with the intellect; the contemplation of things, without affirming, denying, or passing any judgment; intellection; perception.

    Etymology: From apprehensio, compare with French appréhension. See apprehend.

  4. apprehensionnoun

    Opinion; conception; sentiment; idea.

    Etymology: From apprehensio, compare with French appréhension. See apprehend.

  5. apprehensionnoun

    The faculty by which ideas are conceived or by which perceptions are grasped; understanding.

    Etymology: From apprehensio, compare with French appréhension. See apprehend.

  6. apprehensionnoun

    Anticipation, mostly of things unfavorable; dread or fear at the prospect of some future ill.

    Etymology: From apprehensio, compare with French appréhension. See apprehend.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apprehensionnoun

    the act of seizing or taking hold of; seizure; as, the hand is an organ of apprehension

  2. Apprehensionnoun

    the act of seizing or taking by legal process; arrest; as, the felon, after his apprehension, escaped

  3. Apprehensionnoun

    the act of grasping with the intellect; the contemplation of things, without affirming, denying, or passing any judgment; intellection; perception

  4. Apprehensionnoun

    opinion; conception; sentiment; idea

  5. Apprehensionnoun

    the faculty by which ideas are conceived; understanding; as, a man of dull apprehension

  6. Apprehensionnoun

    anticipation, mostly of things unfavorable; distrust or fear at the prospect of future evil

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  1. Apprehension

    In psychology, apprehension is a term applied to a model of consciousness in which nothing is affirmed or denied of the object in question, but the mind is merely aware of it. "Judgment" "is an act of the mind, specifically different from simple apprehension or the bare conception of a thing". "Simple apprehension or conception can neither be true nor false." This distinction provides for the large class of mental acts in which we are simply aware of, or "take in" a number of familiar objects, about which we in general make no judgment, unless our attention is suddenly called by a new feature. Or again, two alternatives may be apprehended without any resultant judgment as to their respective merits. Similarly, G.F. Stout stated that while we have a very vivid idea of a character or an incident in a work of fiction, we can hardly be said in any real sense to have any belief or to make any judgment as to its existence or truth. With this mental state may be compared the purely aesthetic contemplation of music, wherein apart from, say, a false note, the faculty of judgment is for the time inoperative. To these examples may be added the fact that one can fully understand an argument in all its bearings, without in any way judging its validity. Without going into the question fully, it may be pointed out that the distinction between judgment and apprehension is relative. In every kind of thought, there is judgment of some sort in a greater or less degree of prominence.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apprehension in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apprehension in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of apprehension in a Sentence

  1. Lucan:

    The mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger.

  2. Patrick Lynch:

    The apprehension was made under fluid circumstances where the subject might have fled and the officer did a professional job of bringing the individual to the ground to prevent that occurrence, it is truly unfortunate that the arrest was a result of mistaken identity by the complainant in the case and we regret any embarrassment or injury suffered by Mr. Blake as a result.

  3. Tim Kinsella:

    There's a natural apprehension. There's always the questions: what are we doing to make the base safer.

  4. Karen Young:

    The good news is that the government seems to be signaling that it wants to move on, on Saudi foreign policy and domestic politics, particularly toward citizen activists, there is still deep apprehension in the West.

  5. Brenda Reddick:

    So once we actually got him with hostage negotiation, [and] we had the communication going, he calmed down, he was able to relay whatever information that we had to the brother, and everyone was able to have a safe, successful apprehension.

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  • اعتقالArabic
  • арест, хващане, мнение, представа, разбиране, схващане, задържане, опасениеBulgarian
  • obava, pochopeníCzech
  • AuffassungGerman
  • aprensión, arrestoSpanish
  • ymmärrys, ymmärtäminen, ottaminen, aavistus, käsitys, pidätys, pidättäminenFinnish
  • डरHindi
  • חֲשָׁשׁHebrew
  • 捕捉Japanese
  • pekerauMāori
  • verstand, begrip, vastgrijpen, grijpen, gezichtspunt, angst, vrees, begrijpen, visie, arrestatie, opinieDutch
  • arest, arestare, idee, opinie, pricepere, concepție, înțelegere, părere, aprehensiuneRomanian
  • понимание, представление, арест, опасение, мнение, осмысление, задержание, хватаниеRussian
  • shvaćanje, poimanje, hapšenje, strepnja, arestSerbo-Croatian
  • farhåga, fruktan, oroSwedish
  • பயம்Tamil

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