- the act or process of comprehending.
- the state of being comprehended.
- perception or understanding: His comprehension of physics is amazing for a young student.
- capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; power to grasp ideas; ability to know.
- Logic. the connotation of a term.
Origin of comprehension
Related Words for comprehensionapprehension, awareness, ken, perception, conception, knowledge, intelligence, sense, discernment, take, realization, grasp, capacity, judgment, cognizance, apperception, prehension, aha
Examples from the Web for comprehension
Contemporary Examples of comprehension
It was a small step in learning to stick to my guns, but a leap in my comprehension of phonetics.‘Sesame Street’ Is Middle-Aged and Awesome
November 10, 2014
Nothing defeats my powers of comprehension like the deliberate harm of a child.When Table Salt Becomes Poison
June 20, 2014
This is nostalgia as a recording exercise rather than a lesson in empathy or comprehension.Memory Porn: America’s Obscene Anniversary Obsession
June 17, 2014
If the book were reducible to a thesis, it might be the simple claim that some things exceed our capacity for comprehension.Barbara Ehrenreich Gives God a Going Over in Her New Book
April 19, 2014
That a company would even consider such a plan is beyond my comprehension.Winthrop Roosevelt on the Oil Boom that Threatens His Great-Great-Grandfather’s Legacy
April 2, 2013
Historical Examples of comprehension
I cannot perceive that our own comprehension of it is at all essential to the matter.The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
The young man had no comprehension of the fact that he was only a pawn in the game.Within the Law
What he had done to deserve it was beyond his comprehension.In the Midst of Alarms
Then suddenly a light seemed to break upon his comprehension.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
"Good-night," he said, with an insolence far too fine for the butcher's comprehension.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
- 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
Word Origin and History for comprehension
mid-15c., from Middle French comprehénsion (15c.), from Latin comprehensionem (nominative comprehensio) "a seizing, laying hold of, arrest," figuratively "perception, comprehension," noun of action from past participle stem of comprehendere (see comprehend). In reading education, from 1921.