- anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil.
- the faculty or act of apprehending or understanding; perception on a direct and immediate level.
- acceptance of or receptivity to information without passing judgment on its validity, often without complete comprehension.
- a view, opinion, or idea on any subject.
- the act of arresting; seizure: Police apprehension of the burglar was aided by two alert teenagers.
Origin of apprehension
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Examples from the Web for apprehension
There may even be a physiological basis to our apprehension about the “other.”Ferguson, Immigration, and ‘Us Vs. Them’
November 27, 2014
Did you have any apprehension as far as playing Nancy again?Jessica Alba on 'Sin City,' Typecasting, and How Homophobia Pushed Her Away From the Church
August 18, 2014
Soon Arab-American and Muslim-American groups joined in expressing their apprehension.Hollywood’s Major Muslim Problem Doesn't End With 'Alice in Arabia'
March 22, 2014
Of course, there is plenty to celebrate, but there is an unmistakable sense of apprehension hanging over the anniversary.World Wide Web Turns 25
March 12, 2014
It is not apprehension, it is rather a breathless expectancy—of what, God knows!Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
It is the result of apprehension and misapprehension, and bred of race-fear.The Conquest of Fear
I felt a sudden chill of apprehension, and almost feared to hear the answer.The Bacillus of Beauty
It was sufficient for him that in her apprehension she had turned to him.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
I knew we were going towards the ocean; and my great cause of apprehension was the bar.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Professor Maxon was close behind him, and the faces of both were white with apprehension.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
- fear or anxiety over what may happen
- the act of capturing or arresting
- the faculty of comprehending; understanding
- a notion or conception
Word Origin and History for apprehension
"perception, comprehension," late 14c., from Old French apprehension or directly from Latin apprehensionem (nominative apprehensio), noun of action from past participle stem of apprehendere (see apprehend). Sense of "seizure on behalf of authority" is 1570s; that of "anticipation" (usually with dread) is recorded from c.1600.