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Pronunciation:  `apri'hensiv

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  1. [adj]  in fear or dread of possible evil or harm; "apprehensive for one's life"; "apprehensive of danger"
  2. [adj]  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"
  3. [adj]  quick to understand; "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne

APPREHENSIVE is a 12 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: afraid(p), anxious, discerning, perceptive, uneasy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ap`pre*hen"sive\, a. [Cf. F. appr['e]hensif. See
1. Capable of apprehending, or quick to do so; apt;

         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.

4. Anticipative of something unfavorable' fearful of what may
   be coming; in dread of possible harm; in expectation of

         Not at all apprehensive of evils as a distance.

         Reformers . . . apprehensive for their lives.

5. Sensible; feeling; perceptive. [R.]

         Thoughts, my tormentors, armed with deadly stings,
         Mangle my apprehensive, tenderest parts. --Milton.

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