• synonyms


[ap-ri-hen-suh-buh l]
See more synonyms for apprehensible on Thesaurus.com
  1. capable of being understood.
Show More

Origin of apprehensible

1625–35; < Late Latin apprehēnsibilis < Latin apprehēns(us) grasped (past participle of apprehendere), equivalent to apprehend- (see apprehend) + -t(us) past participle suffix + -ibilis -ible
Related formsap·pre·hen·si·bil·i·ty, nounap·pre·hen·si·bly, adverbnon·ap·pre·hen·si·bil·i·ty, nounnon·ap·pre·hen·si·ble, adjectiveun·ap·pre·hen·si·ble, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for apprehensible

Historical Examples

  • Let us retrace, but in such a form as to be apprehensible by all readers.

    The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)

    Thomas De Quincey

  • Indeed in some cases the sense of the passage is not apprehensible.

    Concord Days

    A. Bronson Alcott

  • Inapprehensible, in-ap-pre-hen′si-bl, adj. not apprehensible or intelligible.

  • Discoverable only by reason, natural laws are immutable and universal, apprehensible by all men.

    Benjamin Franklin

    Frank Luther Mott

  • Any time consists of parts which are themselves times, and is apprehensible only as following upon preceding times.

British Dictionary definitions for apprehensible


  1. capable of being comprehended or grasped mentally
Show More
Derived Formsapprehensibility, nounapprehensibly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for apprehensible


late 15c., from Latin apprehensibilis "that can be seized," from apprehens-, past participle stem of apprehendere (see apprehend).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper