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

It may be pardonable to imagine that a friend, a kind and apprehensive . . . friend, is listening to our talk. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

2. Knowing; conscious; cognizant. [R.] [1913 Webster]

A man that has spent his younger years in vanity and folly, and is, by the grace of God, apprehensive of it. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

3. Relating to the faculty of apprehension. [1913 Webster]

Judgment . . . is implied in every apprehensive act. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

4. Anticipative of something unfavorable' fearful of what may be coming; in dread of possible harm; in expectation of evil. [1913 Webster]

Not at all apprehensive of evils as a distance. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

Reformers . . . apprehensive for their lives. --Gladstone. [1913 Webster]

5. Sensible; feeling; perceptive. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Thoughts, my tormentors, armed with deadly stings, Mangle my apprehensive, tenderest parts. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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