[ ap-ri-hen-siv ]
/ ˌæp rɪˈhɛn sɪv /


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

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Medieval Latin word apprehēnsīvus. See apprehensible, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for apprehensiveness

/ (ˌæprɪˈhɛnsɪv) /


fearful or anxious

Derived forms of apprehensive

apprehensively, adverbapprehensiveness, noun
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