1. Capable of apprehending, or quick to do so; apt; discerning.
It may be pardonable to imagine that a friend, a kind and apprehensive . . . friend, is listening to our talk. --Hawthorne.
2. Knowing; conscious; cognizant. [R.]
A man that has spent his younger years in vanity and folly, and is, by the grace of God, apprehensive of it. --Jer. Taylor.
3. Relating to the faculty of apprehension.
Judgment . . . is implied in every apprehensive act. --Sir W. Hamilton.
4. Anticipative of something unfavorable' fearful of what may be coming; in dread of possible harm; in expectation of evil.
Not at all apprehensive of evils as a distance. --Tillotson.
Reformers . . . apprehensive for their lives. --Gladstone.
5. Sensible; feeling; perceptive. [R.]
Thoughts, my tormentors, armed with deadly stings,
Mangle my apprehensive, tenderest parts. --Milton.
adj 1: quick to understand; "a kind and apprehensive friend"-
Nathaniel Hawthorne [syn: discerning]
2: mentally upset over possible misfortune or danger etc;
worried; "anxious parents"; "anxious about her job"; "not
used to a city and anxious about small things"; "felt
apprehensive about the consequences" [syn: anxious]
3: in fear or dread of possible evil or harm; "apprehensive for
one's life"; "apprehensive of danger"