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Definition of Apprehension

Apprehension

  1. The act of seizing or taking hold of; seizure; as, the hand is an organ of apprehension.
  2. The act of seizing or taking by legal process; arrest; as, the felon, after his apprehension, escaped.
  3. The act of grasping with the intellect; the contemplation of things, without affirming, denying, or passing any judgment; intellection; perception.
  4. Opinion; conception; sentiment; idea.
  5. The faculty by which ideas are conceived; understanding; as, a man of dull apprehension.
  6. Anticipation, mostly of things unfavorable; distrust or fear at the prospect of future evil.

Apprehension Quotations

A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.
Isaac Newton

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.
William Shakespeare

There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If we admit a thing so extraordinary as the creation of this world, it should seem that we admit something strange, and odd, and new to human apprehension, beyond any other miracle whatsoever.
George Berkeley

Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen.
Pliny the Elder
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Apprehension Translations

apprehension in Dutch is aanhouding, arrestatie
apprehension in French is arrestation
apprehension in German is Festnahme, Auffassungsgabe {f}
apprehension in Italian is frutto, arresto
apprehension in Latin is sollicitudo
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