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comprehension

[ kom-pri-hen-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn ʃən /
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noun
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Origin of comprehension

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin comprehēnsiōn- (stem of comprehēnsiō), equivalent to comprehēns(us) (past participle of comprehendere to comprehend) + -iōn--ion

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British Dictionary definitions for comprehension

comprehension
/ (ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən) /

noun
the act or capacity of understanding
the state of including or comprising something; comprehensiveness
education an exercise consisting of a previously unseen passage of text with related questions, designed to test a student's understanding esp of a foreign language
logic obsolete the attributes implied by a given concept or term; connotation
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Medical definitions for comprehension

comprehension
[ kŏm′prĭ-hĕnshən ]

n.
apperception
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