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

 ap·pre·hen·sive /-ˈhɛn(t)sɪv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ap·pre·hen·sive a.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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"