apprehensive

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 apprehensive — I adjective afraid, agitated, alarmed, anticipative of evil, anxious, aware, bothered, cognizant, concerned, conscious, disquieted, distrustful, expectant, fearful, hesitant, leery, mindful, mistrustful, nervous, perceptive, pusillanimous,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 apprehensive — (adj.) late 14c., capable of perceiving, fitted for mental impression, from M.L. apprehensivus, from L. apprehensus, pp. of apprehendere (see APPREHEND (Cf. apprehend)). Meaning fearful of what is to come is recorded from 1718, via notion of… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 apprehensive — *fearful, afraid Analogous words: anxious, worried, solicitous (see under CARE n): nervous, uneasy, jittery (see IMPATIENT) Antonyms: confident Contrasted words: assured, sanguine, sure (see CONFIDENT): unruffled, imperturbable, unflappable,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 apprehensive — [adj] anxious, fearful afraid, alarmed, biting nails*, butterflies*, concerned, disquieted, doubtful, feel in bones*, foreboding, frozen*, get vibes*, have a hunch*, have cold feet*, have funny feeling*, have stage fright*, hung up*, in a cold… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 apprehensive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ anticipating something with anxiety or fear. DERIVATIVES apprehensively adverb apprehensiveness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 apprehensive — [ap΄rəhen′siv] adj. [ME < ML apprehensivus < pp. of L apprehendere, APPREHEND] 1. able or quick to apprehend or understand 2. having to do with perceiving or understanding 3. anxious or fearful about the future; uneasy apprehensively adv.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 apprehensive — adj. 1) apprehensive about, for, of (apprehensive about recent developments) 2) apprehensive that + clause (we were apprehensive that they might forget) * * * [ˌæprɪ hensɪv] for of (apprehensive about recent developments) apprehensive about… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 apprehensive — ap|pre|hen|sive [ˌæprıˈhensıv] adj worried or nervous about something that you are going to do, or about the future apprehensive about/of ▪ We d been a little apprehensive about their visit. apprehensive that ▪ I was apprehensive that something… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 apprehensive — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, look, seem, sound ▪ become, get, grow ▪ remain …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 apprehensive — ap|pre|hen|sive [ ,æprı hensıv ] adjective slightly worried or nervous: apprehensive of: It s a strategy that many teachers are apprehensive of using. apprehensive about: Leonora felt very apprehensive about his visit. ╾ ap|pre|hen|sive|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 apprehensive — UK [ˌæprɪˈhensɪv] / US adjective slightly worried or nervous apprehensive about: Leonora felt very apprehensive about his visit. apprehensive of: It s a strategy that many teachers are apprehensive of using. Derived word: apprehensively adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 13 apprehensive — adjective a) Anticipating something with anxiety or fear. this convinced me that there was no going on shore for us in the night on that coast, and how to venture on shore in the day was another question too; for to have fallen into the hands of… …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 apprehensive — [[t]æ̱prɪhe̱nsɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, oft ADJ about n/ ing Someone who is apprehensive is afraid that something bad may happen. People are still terribly apprehensive about the future. Derived words: apprehensively ADV GRADED ADV with …

    English dictionary

  • 15 apprehensive — /æprəˈhɛnsɪv/ (say apruh hensiv) adjective 1. uneasy or fearful about something that may happen: *ambulance attendants take up their posts, apprehensive and silent –rodney hall, 1987. –phrase 2. apprehensive of, a. fearful of. b. Obsolete… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 apprehensive — apprehensively, adv. apprehensiveness, n. /ap ri hen siv/, adj. 1. uneasy or fearful about something that might happen: apprehensive for the safety of the mountain climbers. 2. quick to learn or understand. 3. perceptive; discerning (usually fol …

    Universalium

  • 17 appréhensive — ● appréhensif, appréhensive adjectif Littéraire. Qui a tendance à appréhender, à craindre …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 18 apprehensive — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. fearful, worried, anxious, uncertain; see afraid 1 , troubled 1 , uneasy 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [AP ri HEN siv] anxious about the future. He was apprehensive about his final exams. SYN.:… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 apprehensive — adjective worried or nervous about something that you are going to do, or about the future (+ about/for): feeling a little apprehensive about the treatment apprehensively adverb: I waited apprehensively for his reply …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 apprehensive — adjective dentists know that many of their patients are apprehensive Syn: anxious, worried, uneasy, nervous, concerned, agitated, tense, afraid, scared, frightened, fearful; informal on tenterhooks Ant: confident …

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