In ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, the apprehensiveness of women is quite gratuitous.
For all its apprehensiveness, a sickly grin ran round the group.
Too much of any good thing makes it over-common, blunts the Appetite and dulls the apprehensiveness of the Reader.
Even now, she knew that her shoulders were contracted with apprehensiveness.
But I am inclined to think that this apprehensiveness was constitutional.
And yet he had just been taking credit for his own freedom from apprehensiveness!
Her voice was politely remonstrative, with a note of apprehensiveness for the welfare of her mistress.
And now, not without a bit of apprehensiveness, he let it out.
But his hugeness could not quite overcome his apprehensiveness.
But I soon discovered the cause of the sound, and laughed at my own apprehensiveness.
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.