- mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation: My understanding of the word does not agree with yours.
- intellectual faculties; intelligence; mind: a quick understanding.
- superior power of discernment; enlightened intelligence: With her keen understanding she should have become a leader.
- knowledge of or familiarity with a particular thing; skill in dealing with or handling something: an understanding of accounting practice.
- a state of cooperative or mutually tolerant relations between people: To him, understanding and goodwill were the supreme virtues.
- a mutual agreement, especially of a private, unannounced, or tacit kind: They had an understanding about who would do the dishes.
- an agreement regulating joint activity or settling differences, often informal or preliminary in character: After hours of negotiation, no understanding on a new contract was reached.
- the power of abstract thought; logical power.
- Kantianism.the mental faculty resolving the sensory manifold into the transcendental unity of apperception.
- characterized by understanding; prompted by, based on, or demonstrating comprehension, intelligence, discernment, empathy, or the like: an understanding attitude.
Origin of understanding
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Examples from the Web for self-understanding
All of them involve how we see ourselves as a people and how our religious/spiritual views shape that self-understanding.The Faith-Based Big Tent
March 9, 2014
"Self-understanding is the rarest of all gifts," the prince remarked.The Hillman
E. Phillips Oppenheim
He does not reach the real summit of self-understanding, for he remains with a merely subjective understanding of himself.
Recognizing that your self-understanding is probably always imperfect does not mean that it is of little value.
Again, you check those that seem most to apply to you and then confirm your self-understanding.
But the objective of this book is to improve the general reliability of a person's self-diagnosis and self-understanding.
- the ability to understand one's own actions
- the ability to learn, judge, make decisions, etc; intelligence or sense
- personal opinion or interpretation of a subjectmy understanding of your predicament
- a mutual agreement or compact, esp an informal or private one
- mainly British an unofficial engagement to be married
- philosophy archaic the mind, esp the faculty of reason
- on the understanding that with the condition that; providing
- sympathetic, tolerant, or wise towards people
- possessing judgment and intelligence
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Word Origin and History for self-understanding
Old English understandincge "comprehension," from understand (q.v.). Meaning "mutual agreement" is attested from 1803.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper