understanding

[ uhn-der-stan-ding ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ /

noun

adjective

characterized by understanding; prompted by, based on, or demonstrating comprehension, intelligence, discernment, empathy, or the like: an understanding attitude.

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Origin of understanding

before 1050; Middle English understandynge,late Old English understandincge (noun). See understand, -ing1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM understanding

un·der·stand·ing·ly, adverbnon·un·der·stand·ing, adjective, nounnon·un·der·stand·ing·ly, adverbself-un·der·stand·ing, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for understanding

understanding
/ (ˌʌndəˈstændɪŋ) /

noun

adjective

sympathetic, tolerant, or wise towards people
possessing judgment and intelligence

Derived forms of understanding

understandingly, adverb
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