- uneasy or fearful about something that might happen: apprehensive for the safety of the mountain climbers.
- quick to learn or understand.
- perceptive; discerning (usually followed by of).
Origin of apprehensive
Examples from the Web for apprehensively
Claude, apprehensively anxious, was afraid that she might push the screen aside.His Masterpiece
Apprehensively I turned, and sickened to see that that which I had dreaded most was come to pass.The Suitors of Yvonne
I knew they were all hiding nearby, watching me apprehensively.Houlihan's Equation
"I hope Miss Howes doesn't forget," she said apprehensively.Miss Pat at School</p>
Margaret looked at it apprehensively, fearing she knew not what.Three Margarets
Laura E. Richards
- fearful or anxious
Word Origin and History for apprehensively
late 14c., "capable of perceiving, fitted for mental impression," from Medieval Latin apprehensivus, from Latin apprehensus, past participle of apprehendere (see apprehend). Meaning "fearful of what is to come" is recorded from 1718, via notion of "capable of grasping with the mind" (c.1600). Related: Apprehensively; apprehensiveness.