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1. Anxious or fearful about the future; uneasy: was apprehensive before the surgery.
2. Archaic Capable of understanding and quick to apprehend.

ap′pre·hen′sive·ly adv.
ap′pre·hen′sive·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apprehensiveness - fearful expectation or anticipationapprehensiveness - fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"
fear, fearfulness, fright - an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
trepidation - a feeling of alarm or dread
boding, foreboding, premonition, presentiment - a feeling of evil to come; "a steadily escalating sense of foreboding"; "the lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case"
suspense - apprehension about what is going to happen
gloom, gloominess, somberness, sombreness - a feeling of melancholy apprehension
pall, chill - a sudden numbing dread
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(apriˈhend) verb
1. to arrest. The police apprehended the thief.
2. to understand.
ˌappreˈhension (-ʃən) noun
1. fear.
2. understanding.
ˌappreˈhensive (-siv) adjective
anxious; worried. an apprehensive expression.
ˌappreˈhensively adverb
ˌappreˈhensiveness noun
References in classic literature ?
But whatever it was of apprehensiveness or uneasiness --to call it so --which I felt, yet whenever I came to look about me in the ship, it seemed against all warrantry to cherish such emotions.
But he was in gloomy rebellion against the fact that his quick apprehensiveness foreshadowed to him, and when his eyes fell on Rosamond's blighted face it seemed to him that he was the more pitiable of the two; for pain must enter into its glorified life of memory before it can turn into compassion.
Meantime, the hoisted sperm whale's head jogged about very violently, and Gabriel was seen eyeing it with rather more apprehensiveness than his archangel nature seemed to warrant.
Topsy came up; her round, hard eyes glittering and blinking with a mixture of apprehensiveness and their usual odd drollery.
It may have been the apprehensiveness of love, the wish to meet his need for her sympathy, and the desire to see the Game face to face for wisdom's sake,--and it may have been the clarion call of adventure ringing through the narrow confines of uneventful existence; for a great daring thrilled through her, and she said, just as simply, "I will.
But his hugeness could not quite overcome his apprehensiveness.
His pleasant neatness and compactness, his small hands and feet, his teeming ready brain, his unaffected accessibility, and a certain fine apprehensiveness which stamped him as susceptible from his topmost hair to his tipmost toe, proved irresistible.
Now that I'm a mother I can appreciate the apprehensiveness and fear that all parents - in the UK, US and, indeed, Iraq - must be feeling, knowing they may lose their son or daughter in a conflict.
Self-efficacy beliefs have been associated with apprehensiveness among developmental writing students (Wacholz & Etheridge, 1996).
As a "brilliant robot" Odilo is capable of fulfilling tasks and of doing "all the hard work" that, as an individual, he'd be too weak to perform, as presumably his humanity would get in the way: his personal apprehensiveness and moral--as opposed to mechanistic-sensibilities would simply not be adequate to the task of genocide.
The apprehensiveness I had sensed when we began discussing Makhulu Span became clear.
For Canadians to blindly follow the example of the United States is particularly galling since the constant spillover of American media means we observe every day the negative effects of the American preoccupation with penality - the divisiveness and fear-mongering, the gated communities, apprehensiveness, and racism of the privileged and the increasing desperation of the poor.