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

 com·pre·hen·sion /ˌkɑmprɪˈhɛn(t)ʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Com·pre·hen·sion n.
 1. The act of comprehending, containing, or comprising; inclusion.
    In the Old Testament there is a close comprehension of the New; in the New, an open discovery of the Old.   --Hooker.
 2. That which is comprehended or inclosed within narrow limits; a summary; an epitome. [Obs.]
    Though not a catalogue of fundamentals, yet . . . a comprehension of them.   --Chillingworth.
 3. The capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; the power, act, or process of grasping with the intellect; perception; understanding; as, a comprehension of abstract principles.
 4. Logic The complement of attributes which make up the notion signified by a general term.
 5. Rhet. A figure by which the name of a whole is put for a part, or that of a part for a whole, or a definite number for an indefinite.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: an ability to understand the meaning or importance of
           something (or the knowledge acquired as a result); "how
           you can do that is beyond my comprehension"; "he was
           famous for his comprehension of American literature"
           [ant: incomprehension]
      2: the relation of comprising something; "he admired the
         inclusion of so many ideas in such a short work" [syn: inclusion]