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[n] the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
[n] the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
[n] painful expectation
[n] fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"

Misc. Definitions

\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.

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