comprehension

[ kom-pri-hen-shuh n ]
/ ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn ʃən /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for comprehension

comprehension


n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for comprehension

comprehension

[ kŏm′prĭ-hĕnshən ]

n.

apperception
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