Apprehension

Definition of Apprehension

Ap`pre`hen´sion
n.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.
Simple apprehension denotes no more than the soul's naked intellection of an object.
- Glanvill.
4.Opinion; conception; sentiment; idea.
To false, and to be thought false, is all one in respect of men, who act not according to truth, but apprehension.
- South.
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.
After the death of his nephew Caligula, Claudius was in no small apprehension for his own life.
- Addison.

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