Comprehension Com`pre*hen"sion, n. [L. comprehensio: cf. F. compr['e]hension.] 1. The act of comprehending, containing, or comprising; inclusion. [1913 Webster]

In the Old Testament there is a close comprehension of the New; in the New, an open discovery of the Old. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is comprehended or inclosed within narrow limits; a summary; an epitome. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Though not a catalogue of fundamentals, yet . . . a comprehension of them. --Chillingworth. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. (Logic) The complement of attributes which make up the notion signified by a general term. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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