[ ap-ri-hen-siv ]
/ ˌæp rɪˈhɛn sɪv /
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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).
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Origin of apprehensive
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word apprehēnsīvus.See apprehensible, -ive
OTHER WORDS FROM apprehensive
ap·pre·hen·sive·ly, adverbap·pre·hen·sive·ness, nounnon·ap·pre·hen·sive, adjectiveo·ver·ap·pre·hen·sive, adjective
o·ver·ap·pre·hen·sive·ly, adverbo·ver·ap·pre·hen·sive·ness, nounpseu·do·ap·pre·hen·sive, adjectivepseu·do·ap·pre·hen·sive·ly, adverbun·ap·pre·hen·sive, adjectiveun·ap·pre·hen·sive·ly, adverbun·ap·pre·hen·sive·ness, noun
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How to use apprehensive in a sentence
In it, a gentle, apprehensive alien secretly arrives on Earth, where he passes for human and assumes the name Thomas Jerome Newton.‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is a bestseller, but its author, Walter Tevis, was hardly a one-hit wonder|Michael Dirda|February 3, 2021|Washington Post
I was apprehensive about my prognosis, my treatment plan, and my ability to live a normal life.Drug imports endanger patients like me|Brandon Macsata|November 13, 2020|Washington Blade
"You have offended Carry," said Emma, apprehensively, as the former walked towards the other room.Alone|Marion Harland
When Ormsby came in, I watched him apprehensively as he read the envelope upon his desk and saw its contents.The Talking Horse|F. Anstey
The girl's heart waited apprehensively and she heard her father's deep voice.The Trail of the Lonesome Pine|John Fox, Jr.
At last he heard the first stroke of twelve and looked apprehensively towards Dora.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
She glanced rather apprehensively as she spoke at the large white house, not two minutes' walk distant across the street.The Butterfly House|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for apprehensive
/ (ˌæprɪˈhɛnsɪv) /
fearful or anxious
Derived forms of apprehensiveapprehensively, adverbapprehensiveness, noun
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