apprehension
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin apprehension-, apprehensio, from Latin apprehendere Date: 14th century 1. a. the act or power of perceiving or comprehending <
a person of dull apprehension
>
b. the result of apprehending mentally ; conception <
according to popular apprehension
>
2. seizure by legal process ; arrest <
apprehension of a criminal
>
3. suspicion or fear especially of future evil ; foreboding <
an atmosphere of nervous apprehension
>

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  • Apprehension — can refer to: *apprehension (understanding), awareness or understanding of something by the mind. *apprehension (fear), a fearful emotion. *arrest, the detention of a criminal by law enforcement officers …   Wikipedia

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