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.
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