Origin of apprehensive
Examples from the Web for apprehensiveness
But I am inclined to think that this apprehensiveness was constitutional.Recollections and Impressions|Octavius Brooks Frothingham
The general condition which she presented at this time is described as one of apprehensiveness when at home.Benign Stupors|August Hoch
Lucinda thanked him again, gravely, professing an entire lack of apprehensiveness.Linda Lee, Incorporated|Louis Joseph Vance
Her voice was politely remonstrative, with a note of apprehensiveness for the welfare of her mistress.The Ghost Breaker|Charles Goddard
Isabel consented, turning to Morgan, whose habitual expression of apprehensiveness was somewhat accentuated.The Magnificent Ambersons|Booth Tarkington
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.