- uneasy or fearful about something that might happen: apprehensive for the safety of the mountain climbers.
- quick to learn or understand.
- perceptive; discerning (usually followed by of).
Origin of apprehensive
Examples from the Web for apprehensive
At first, the couple is apprehensive, if not downright appalled.The ‘Property Brothers’ Are Reality Television’s Crack Cocaine
September 8, 2013
You find yourself reading, impressed, entertained, identifying, yet vaguely repulsed and apprehensive for him.Who Is Philip Roth’s Portnoy Satirizing?
August 28, 2012
At first everyone was apprehensive about it, but I said to her, “You sound like you were influenced by Dinah Washington.”Tony Bennett’s Winehouse Duet
September 20, 2011
So when it comes to creating a Palestinians state right next door, Israelis are apprehensive.The Israeli Smoke Screen
November 16, 2010
At 31 in 1980, I was apprehensive about being a boss, a little neurotic even.Why I'll Miss Bill Moyers
April 29, 2010
I received the deputation with a trembling and apprehensive heart.
They are apprehensive that Mr. Lovelace will be there with design to come home with me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
And from this examination he was satisfied of one fact which made him uneasy, apprehensive.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Some people would have been apprehensive of what might pass between her and Mrs. Greme.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
He was worried and apprehensive, yet the camp lured his mate and she was loath to depart.White Fang
- fearful or anxious
Word Origin and History for apprehensive
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.