Apprehension



anticipation of adversity or misfortune; suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil.
the faculty or act of or understanding; perception on a direct and immediate level.
acceptance of or receptivity to information without passing judgment on its validity, often without complete comprehension.
a view, opinion, or idea on any subject.
the act of arresting; seizure:
Police apprehension of the burglar was aided by two alert teenagers.
Contemporary Examples

Soon Arab-American and Muslim-American groups joined in expressing their apprehension.
Hollywood’s Major Muslim Problem Doesn’t End With ‘Alice in Arabia’ Dean Obeidallah March 21, 2014

“In the back of our minds, there has always been an apprehension,” he said.
Wisconsin Shooting Rattles American Sikhs Eliza Shapiro August 5, 2012

A second of apprehension, perhaps, when they step down on Libyan soil.
Paris, Tripoli, Benghazi Bernard-Henri Lévy September 20, 2011

Syria’s non-Sunnis have historically lived in apprehension of what the Sunnis might do to them.
Why Do So Many Syrians Defend Assad? Justin Green October 13, 2012

And despite early jitters, she felt only “a kind of apprehension, but not real fear,” she told The Daily Beast.
The World’s Bravest Photographer Danielle Friedman June 11, 2010

Historical Examples

The camp was broken up in haste and apprehension, and the march resumed.
The Lily and the Totem William Gilmore Simms

It is the result of apprehension and misapprehension, and bred of race-fear.
The Conquest of Fear Basil King

But there was an apprehension to disturb the tenor of his thoughts, and fall heavily upon his official capacity.
Graham’s Magazine Vol XXXII No. 1 January 1848 Various

It was sufficient for him that in her apprehension she had turned to him.
The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine

Something in the seriousness of his manner drew a quick look of apprehension over the other’s face.
Philip Steele of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police James Oliver Curwood

noun
fear or anxiety over what may happen
the act of capturing or arresting
the faculty of comprehending; understanding
a notion or conception
n.

“perception, comprehension,” late 14c., from Old French apprehension or directly from Latin apprehensionem (nominative apprehensio), noun of action from past participle stem of apprehendere (see apprehend). Sense of “seizure on behalf of authority” is 1570s; that of “anticipation” (usually with dread) is recorded from c.1600.

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