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[kom-pri-hen-shuh n] /ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn ʃən/
the act or process of comprehending.
the state of being comprehended.
perception or understanding:
His comprehension of physics is amazing for a young student.
capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; power to grasp ideas; ability to know.
Logic. the connotation of a term.
Origin of comprehension
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin comprehēnsiōn- (stem of comprehēnsiō), equivalent to comprehēns(us) (past participle of comprehendere to comprehend) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
miscomprehension, noun
noncomprehension, noun
precomprehension, noun
supercomprehension, noun
uncomprehension, noun Unabridged
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  • Such a verdict would therefore be merely a projection of our non-comprehension upon its object.

  • Against that riddle the non-comprehension of her sex beat itself, baffled.

    Dangerous Ages Rose Macaulay
  • This non-comprehension was made quite clear by the professor's next remark.

    Samuel the Seeker Upton Sinclair
  • The contempt of danger, or non-comprehension of it, manifested by some of these gentlemen, was perfect.

  • non-comprehension in such a matter is synonymous with disapproval.

  • Furneaux glanced from his infuriated questioner to Winter, his face one note of mild interrogation and non-comprehension.

  • Again the polite landlord of the Golden Eagle, which was the name of the inn, bowed his non-comprehension of what was said to him.

  • And when her glance reached the toilet-table, her non-comprehension reached its usual climax.

    Horace Chase Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • To this the natives naturally responded with a blank stare of non-comprehension, gradually merging into a broad smile.

    Turned Adrift Harry Collingwood
  • His questioner's eyelids were raised the merest shade in non-comprehension of the vernacular.

    Trusia Davis Brinton
British Dictionary definitions for non-comprehension


the act or capacity of understanding
the state of including or comprising something; comprehensiveness
(education) an exercise consisting of a previously unseen passage of text with related questions, designed to test a student's understanding esp of a foreign language
(logic, obsolete) the attributes implied by a given concept or term; connotation
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Word Origin and History for non-comprehension



mid-15c., from Middle French comprehénsion (15c.), from Latin comprehensionem (nominative comprehensio) "a seizing, laying hold of, arrest," figuratively "perception, comprehension," noun of action from past participle stem of comprehendere (see comprehend). In reading education, from 1921.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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non-comprehension in Medicine

comprehension com·pre·hen·sion (kŏm'prĭ-hěn'shən)
See apperception.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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