Origin of apprehensive
Examples from the Web for apprehensively
The Winnebagos started and looked at each other apprehensively.The Camp Fire Girls Do Their Bit|Hildegard G. Frey
"They say this channel is awfully choppy," said Slim apprehensively, as they left the car.The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service|James R. Driscoll
She raised herself a little and leant forward slightly; he started and looked at her apprehensively.Told on the Pagoda|Mimosa
Violet glanced at the Bush apprehensively, and once more it was evident that she did not wish him to leave her.The Greater Power|Harold Bindloss
Maia lowered her voice a little at the last word, and looked up at Rollo apprehensively.Christmas Tree Land|Mary Louisa Molesworth
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.