• WordNet 3.6
    • adj apprehensive in fear or dread of possible evil or harm "apprehensive for one's life","apprehensive of danger"
    • adj apprehensive mentally upset over possible misfortune or danger etc "apprehensive about her job","not used to a city and worried about small things","felt apprehensive about the consequences"
    • adj apprehensive quick to understand "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apprehensive 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.""Reformers . . . apprehensive for their lives."
    • Apprehensive 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."
    • Apprehensive Knowing; conscious; cognizant. "A man that has spent his younger years in vanity and folly, and is, by the grace of God, apprehensive of it."
    • Apprehensive Relating to the faculty of apprehension. "Judgment . . . is implied in every apprehensive act."
    • Apprehensive Sensible; feeling; perceptive. "Thoughts, my tormentors, armed with deadly stings,
      Mangle my apprehensive , tenderest parts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • apprehensive In the habit of seizing; ready to catch or seize; desirous to lay hold of: used literally and figuratively.
    • apprehensive Quick to learn or understand; quick of apprehension.
    • apprehensive Realizing; conscious; cognizant.
    • apprehensive In a state of apprehension or fear; feeling alarm; fearful.
    • apprehensive Inclined to believe or suspect; suspicious: as, I am apprehensive that he does not understand me.
    • apprehensive Perceptive; feeling; sensitive.
    • apprehensive In metaphysics, relating to simple apprehension.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Apprehensive pertaining to the laying hold of sensuous and mental impressions: intelligent, clever: having an apprehension or notion of: fearful: anticipative of something adverse
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  • Seneca
    “There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.”
  • F. L. Lucan
    F. L. Lucan
    “The mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.”
  • Sir Isaac Newton
    Sir Isaac Newton
    “A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.”
  • Thomas Traherne
    “Certainly Adam in Paradise had not more sweet and curious apprehensions of the world, than I when I was a child.”
  • Samuel G. Goodrich
    Samuel G. Goodrich
    “How many hopes and fears, how many ardent wishes and anxious apprehensions are twisted together in the threads that connect the parent with the child!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. appréhensif,. See Apprehend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. apprehendĕread, to, prehendĕre, -hensum, to lay hold of.


In literature:

It was the fire of this artillery that relieved the Royal Picts of their most serious apprehensions.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
The apparition or beast, whatever it might be, seemed not to excite the least apprehension.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
He neither looked to the past with regret nor to the future with apprehension.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
My apprehensions, rather than my caution, kept me mute.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
The points and the relations are jointly known to us in our apprehension of space, each implying the other.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
All the king's attendants were full of well-grounded apprehensions.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
The apprehensions thus artfully raised among the people inflamed their aversion to nonjurors and Jacobites.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
If Harry were apprehensive of anything at all it was only of being caught in too hot a crush.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
This fear is like the child's dread of the dark; it is not what is seen, but what is not seen that causes apprehension.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
At the subdued tone, the unexpected words, she turned to him apprehensively.
"The Mystics" by Katherine Cecil Thurston

In poetry:

that vast cinder wheeled unblinking
in a bath of galaxies. Watching, we traveled
toward an apprehension all but impossible
to be held onto—
"A Hermit Thrush" by Amy Clampitt
All this you knew by that which doth reside
Deeper than learning; by apprehension
Of ancient, dark, and melancholy pride;
You were a Soldier true and died as one!…
"The Last Salute" by Robert Nichols
But if no endeavour your terrors can smother,
If vainly against apprehension you strive,
Come, bury your fears in the arms of your mother;
My darling, cling close to me, I am alive."
"Nurse Green" by Charles Lamb
"Our daily bread give us," your young apprehension
May well understand is to pray for our food;
Although we ask bread, and no other thing mention,
God's bounty gives all things sufficient and good.
"On The Lord's Prayer" by Charles Lamb
Though passing apprehensions move me,
I know thou hast a noble heart;
But, Lucy, I so truly love thee,
So much admire thee as thou art,
That, but the shadow of a fear,
Wakes in my breast a pang sincere.
"Vignette - II" by Matilda Betham
Degrees we know, unknown in days before;
The light is greater, hence the shadow more;
And tantalized and apprehensive Man
Appealing--Wherefore ripen us to pain?
Seems there the spokesman of dumb Nature's
"Epilogue" by Herman Melville

In news:

The elusive wolf-dog of Pennypack Park was still on the loose Thursday, but could be closer to a safe apprehension.
Brian Francis and Keith Brissett pleaded guilty in Lehigh County Court to hindering apprehension.
Apprehension Greets Marriage Cases at Supreme Court.
Oregon School's reconfiguration plan met with some apprehension and anger .
Video released, tips sought for apprehension.
The Cook County sheriff has asked the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate a prosecutor accused of pursuing an improper relationship with a teenage girl.
The country follows a 0.08-percent blood alcohol concentration guideline for the apprehension and arrest of drunk drivers.
Let's just say that the neighborhood kids are a bit apprehensive of a rather large black cat .
The brothers and sisters who file into my office have tight-lipped, apprehensive looks.
Remember when the Warriors entered this season apprehensive and hopeful at once, fingers crossed and worry lines creasing their collective face.
Meanwhile in Rome, leaders in the Italian-Libyan Jewish exile community watch such developments with a mix of apprehension and cautious optimism.
A curious but apprehensive audience has crowded into the small vaudeville theater to see the first public exhibition of movies in America.
Ryan Spearman performs ' Foolish Apprehension' for Show Me Shows + Video.
But does it overshadow the apprehension you may still have of "doing" AC in the first place.
Unlike the rest of my family, I was a little apprehensive about getting on the line.

In science:

Wardrop’s traffic equilibrium is strongly tied to the human apprehension of space since it is required that all travellers have enough knowledge of the transport network they use.
Transport Networks Revisited: Why Dual Graphs?
Even in cases where both students have the same incorrect response, co-construction can occur if students are unsure about their initial response and are willing to discuss their apprehensions with peers.
Effectiveness of group interaction on conceptual standardized test performance
As long as these were the only ones to appear in higher loop orders this would state no problem but the intuitive apprehension has proven to be true that for specif ic types of graphs (those with only external B and ¯B lines) the divergences rise with the order.
Gauge Theories on Deformed Spaces
But apprehension arose: No New Physics was seen, while enormous parameter space was excluded for the Higgs boson, the holy grail of LHC physics.
Some Unfinished Thoughts on Strong Yukawa Couplings
After tying a turban on one’s head to tune into the students’ mental ‘vibes’ and allow levitation to occur, a brief meditation moment is taken. The instructor, displaying much hesitation, states his/her apprehension of doing this magical feat and decides to take a bite out of an apple to relax.
Physics Magic