Origin of comprehension
Examples from the Web for comprehension
It was a small step in learning to stick to my guns, but a leap in my comprehension of phonetics.
Nothing defeats my powers of comprehension like the deliberate harm of a child.
This is nostalgia as a recording exercise rather than a lesson in empathy or comprehension.Memory Porn: America’s Obscene Anniversary Obsession|Tim Teeman|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Nick Romeo|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Winthrop Roosevelt|April 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
All social cohesion and co-operation rest on this comprehension, and are limited by its degree of perfection.Illusions|James Sully
Goliath, it must be explained, was not killed, since death would involve explanations beyond the comprehension of H. 3rd.Seeing Things at Night|Heywood Broun
This was a degree of unselfishness beyond the comprehension of Carlos just then.The Spanish Brothers|Deborah Alcock
The apologue is quite clear; and yet a certain amount of intelligence is necessary for its comprehension.The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)|Anatole France
She was behind her children in comprehension, strange as it seems to say so.The Ladies Lindores, Vol. 1(of 3)|Margaret Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for comprehension
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.