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[kom-pri-hen-shuh n]
  1. the act or process of comprehending.
  2. the state of being comprehended.
  3. perception or understanding: His comprehension of physics is amazing for a young student.
  4. capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; power to grasp ideas; ability to know.
  5. Logic. the connotation of a term.
  6. inclusion.
  7. comprehensiveness.
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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
Related formsmis·com·pre·hen·sion, nounnon·com·pre·hen·sion, nounpre·com·pre·hen·sion, nounsu·per·com·pre·hen·sion, nounun·com·pre·hen·sion, noun
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Historical Examples of non-comprehension

  • This time it was Cheniston who stared at him in non-comprehension.


    Kathlyn Rhodes

  • Against that riddle the non-comprehension of her sex beat itself, baffled.

    Dangerous Ages

    Rose Macaulay

  • Non-comprehension in such a matter is synonymous with disapproval.

  • This non-comprehension was made quite clear by the professor's next remark.

    Samuel the Seeker

    Upton Sinclair

  • The contempt of danger, or non-comprehension of it, manifested by some of these gentlemen, was perfect.

British Dictionary definitions for non-comprehension


  1. the act or capacity of understanding
  2. the state of including or comprising something; comprehensiveness
  3. 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
  4. logic obsolete the attributes implied by a given concept or term; connotation
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Word Origin and History for non-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.

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non-comprehension in Medicine


  1. apperception
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