1. Fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; dread. See Synonyms at fear.
2. The act of seizing or capturing; arrest.
3. The ability to apprehend or understand; understanding.
[Middle English apprehencioun, perception, from Old French apprehension, from Late Latin apprehēnsiō, apprehēnsiōn-, from Latin apprehēnsus, past participle of apprehendere, to seize; see APPREHEND.]
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