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understanding

[uhn-der-stan-ding] /ˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ/
noun
1.
mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation:
My understanding of the word does not agree with yours.
2.
intellectual faculties; intelligence; mind:
a quick understanding.
3.
superior power of discernment; enlightened intelligence:
With her keen understanding she should have become a leader.
4.
knowledge of or familiarity with a particular thing; skill in dealing with or handling something:
an understanding of accounting practice.
5.
a state of cooperative or mutually tolerant relations between people:
To him, understanding and goodwill were the supreme virtues.
6.
a mutual agreement, especially of a private, unannounced, or tacit kind:
They had an understanding about who would do the dishes.
7.
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.
8.
Philosophy.
  1. the power of abstract thought; logical power.
  2. Kantianism. the mental faculty resolving the sensory manifold into the transcendental unity of apperception.
adjective
9.
characterized by understanding; prompted by, based on, or demonstrating comprehension, intelligence, discernment, empathy, or the like:
an understanding attitude.
Origin of understanding
late Old English
1050
before 1050; Middle English understandynge, late Old English understandincge (noun). See understand, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
understandingly, adverb
nonunderstanding, adjective, noun
nonunderstandingly, adverb
self-understanding, noun
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Examples from the Web for understandingly
Historical Examples
  • Peppajee grinned briefly and understandingly, and nodded his head.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Silently, understandingly, they winged onward into the morning light.

    Spawn of the Comet Harold Thompson Rich
  • Mrs. Meredith had intuition, and read men as she read books, understandingly.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • Looking at him understandingly she saw that there had been lines of pain about the firm mouth.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • Her child's eye turned to her sorrowfully and understandingly.

    The Carpenter's Daughter Anna Bartlett Warner
  • He read all the books he could obtain, and read them understandingly.

  • He looked at us understandingly, then took grandmother's hand and bent over it.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • For a few generations he may then be understandingly honored.

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  • understandingly, he took out his pocketbook, and gave it to her without a word.

    The Luminous Face Carolyn Wells
  • “Oh, yes, the people from whom I engaged my room,” spoke Joe understandingly.

    Baseball Joe at Yale Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for understandingly

understanding

/ˌʌndəˈstændɪŋ/
noun
1.
the ability to learn, judge, make decisions, etc; intelligence or sense
2.
personal opinion or interpretation of a subject: my understanding of your predicament
3.
a mutual agreement or compact, esp an informal or private one
4.
(mainly Brit) an unofficial engagement to be married
5.
(philosophy, archaic) the mind, esp the faculty of reason
6.
on the understanding that, with the condition that; providing
adjective
7.
sympathetic, tolerant, or wise towards people
8.
possessing judgment and intelligence
Derived Forms
understandingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for understandingly

understanding

n.

Old English understandincge "comprehension," from understand (q.v.). Meaning "mutual agreement" is attested from 1803.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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