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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ap·pre·hen·sion /ˌæprɪˈhɛn(t)ʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 Note:In this sense, the word often denotes a belief, founded on sufficient evidence to give preponderation to the mind, but insufficient to induce certainty; as, in our apprehension, the facts prove the issue.
    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.
 Syn: -- Apprehension, Alarm.
 Usage: Apprehension springs from a sense of danger when somewhat remote, but approaching; alarm arises from danger when announced as near at hand. Apprehension is calmer and more permanent; alarm is more agitating and transient.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked
           around the examination room with apprehension" [syn: apprehensiveness,
      2: the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has
         virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
         [syn: understanding, discernment, savvy]
      3: painful expectation [syn: misgiving]
      4: the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a
         criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the
         collar" [syn: arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking
         into custody]