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Definition of Apprehensive


  1. Capable of apprehending, or quick to do so; apt; discerning.
  2. Knowing; conscious; cognizant.
  3. Relating to the faculty of apprehension.
  4. Anticipative of something unfavorable' fearful of what may be coming; in dread of possible harm; in expectation of evil.
  5. Sensible; feeling; perceptive.

Apprehensive Quotations

If you are a good person, you will probably be a good father. Try not to worry too much. If you don't feel apprehensive just before your first child arrives, you are abnormal. Though catastrophe doesn't come as often in childbirth as it did a few generations ago, we naturally fear it.
Clyde Edgerton

When I started this project, I was a young architect. I was very apprehensive about any changes to the design. Whether I wanted to or not, I learned that you can accept some changes to its form without compromising its intent. But it's a leap of faith that I didn't want to make initially - to put it mildly.
Michael Arad

Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership.
Jerzy Kosinski

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.

I was apprehensive. I feared every time I talked about poetry, it would be filtered through the lens of race, sex, and age.
Rita Dove
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Apprehensive Translations

apprehensive in German is bedenklich, begreifend
apprehensive in Italian is diffidgnte
apprehensive in Spanish is aprehensivo
apprehensive in Swedish is orolig, aningsfull
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