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ap·pre·hen·sion  audio  (pr-hnshn) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. Fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; dread.
  2. The act of seizing or capturing; arrest.
  3. The ability to apprehend or understand; understanding.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English apprehencioun, perception, from Old French apprehension, from Late Latin apprehnsi, apprehnsin-, from Latin apprehnsus, past participle of apprehendere, to seize ; see apprehend


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