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com·pre·hen·sion

 (kŏm′prĭ-hĕn′shən)
n.
1.
a. The act or fact of grasping the meaning, nature, or importance of; understanding.
b. The knowledge that is acquired in this way.
2. Capacity to include.
3. Logic The sum of meanings and corresponding implications inherent in a term.

[Middle English comprehensioun, from Latin comprehēnsiō, comprehēnsiōn-, from comprehēnsus, past participle of comprehendere, to comprehend; see comprehend.]

comprehension

(ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən)
n
1. the act or capacity of understanding
2. the state of including or comprising something; comprehensiveness
3. (Education) education an exercise consisting of a previously unseen passage of text with related questions, designed to test a student's understanding esp of a foreign language
4. (Logic) logic obsolete the attributes implied by a given concept or term; connotation

com•pre•hen•sion

(ˌkɒm prɪˈhɛn ʃən)

n.
1. the act or process of comprehending.
2. the state of being comprehended.
3. capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; power to grasp ideas.
4. perception or understanding: mature comprehension of a difficult subject.
5. inclusion.
6. comprehensiveness.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin comprehēnsiō=comprehēnd(ere) to comprehend + -tiō -tion]

comprehension

understanding
1. 'comprehension'

Both comprehension and understanding can be used to talk about someone's ability to understand something.

He noted Bond's apparent lack of comprehension.
The problems of solar navigation seem beyond comprehension.
A very narrow subject would have become too highly technical for general understanding.
2. 'understanding'

If you have an understanding of something, you have some knowledge of it, or you know how it works or what it means.

The past decade has seen huge advances in our general understanding of how the ear works.
The job requires an understanding of Spanish.

You cannot use comprehension with this meaning.

Understanding has another meaning. If there is understanding between people, they are friendly towards each other and trust each other.

What we need is greater understanding between management and workers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.comprehension - an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result); "how you can do that is beyond my comprehension"; "he was famous for his comprehension of American literature"
discernment, savvy, understanding, apprehension - the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
incomprehension - an inability to understand; "his incomprehension of the consequences"
2.comprehension - the relation of comprising something; "he admired the inclusion of so many ideas in such a short work"
involvement - a connection of inclusion or containment; "he escaped involvement in the accident"; "there was additional involvement of the liver and spleen"

comprehension

comprehension

noun
Intellectual hold:
Informal: savvy.
Translations
إِدْراكفَهْم
porozumění
forståelse
ymmärtäminen
shvaćanje
skilningur
理解
이해
razumevanje
förståelse
ความเข้าใจ
anlamakavrama
sự hiểu

comprehension

[ˌkɒmprɪˈhenʃən]
A. N
1. (= understanding) → comprensión f
it is beyond comprehensiones incomprensible
2. (Scol) (= exercise) → prueba f de comprensión
B. CPD comprehension test Ntest m de comprensión

comprehension

[ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən] n
(= understanding) → compréhension f
to be beyond comprehension → dépasser la compréhension, dépasser l'entendement

comprehension

n
(= understanding)Verständnis nt; (= ability to understand)Begriffsvermögen nt; that is beyond my comprehensiondas übersteigt mein Begriffsvermögen; (behaviour)das ist mir unbegreiflich
(= inclusion)Aufnahme f
(= school exercise)Fragen plzum Textverständnis

comprehension

[ˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃn] n (understanding) → comprensione f (Scol) → esercizio di comprensione

comprehend

(kompriˈhend) verb
1. to understand.
2. to include.
ˌcompreˈhensible adjective
capable of being understood.
ˌcompreˈhension (-ʃən) noun
the act or power of understanding. After reading the passage the teacher asked questions to test the children's comprehension.
ˈcompreˈhensive (-siv) adjective
including many things. The school curriculum is very comprehensive.
ˌcompreˈhensively adverb
ˌcompreˈhensiveness noun
comprehensive school
one that provides education for children of all abilities.

comprehension

إِدْراك porozumění forståelse Begriffsvermögen κατανόηση comprensión ymmärtäminen compréhension shvaćanje comprensione 理解 이해 begrip oppfatning zrozumienie compreensão понимание förståelse ความเข้าใจ anlama sự hiểu 理解

com·pre·hen·sion

n. comprensión.
References in classic literature ?
The conversations were miles beyond Jo's comprehension, but she enjoyed it, though Kant and Hegel were unknown gods, the Subjective and Objective unintelligible terms, and the only thing `evolved from her inner consciousness' was a bad headache after it was all over.
To Madame Ratignolle he said the music dispensed at her soirees was too "heavy," too far beyond his untrained comprehension.
Cora remained silent, for she knew not how to palliate this imprudent severity on the part of her father in a manner to suit the comprehension of an Indian.
But I was not born a gentleman; neither have I lived like one," said Holgrave, slightly smiling; "so, my dear madam, you will hardly expect me to sympathize with sensibilities of this kind; though, unless I deceive myself, I have some imperfect comprehension of them.
There was, perhaps, a fortunate disorder in his utterance, which failed to impart any distinct idea to the good widows comprehension, or which Providence interpreted after a method of its own.
The landlord chuckled again with his lean chuckle, and seemed to be mightily tickled at something beyond my comprehension.
But to a large and thorough sweeping comprehension of him, it behoves me now to unbutton him still further, and untagging the points of his hose, unbuckling his garters, and casting loose the hooks and the eyes of the joints of his innermost bones, set him before you in his ultimatum; that is to say, in his unconditional skeleton.
She hesitated a moment; then her face brightened up with sudden comprehension, and she said she would do it for me.
It is strange, beyond comprehension, that so manifest a humbug as the ant has been able to fool so many nations and keep it up so many ages without being found out.
Aladdin, and Rebecca's heart gave a throb of sympathy and comprehension.
It was much easier to chat than to study; much pleasanter to let her imagination range and work at Harriet's fortune, than to be labouring to enlarge her comprehension or exercise it on sober facts; and the only literary pursuit which engaged Harriet at present, the only mental provision she was making for the evening of life, was the collecting and transcribing all the riddles of every sort that she could meet with, into a thin quarto of hotpressed paper, made up by her friend, and ornamented with ciphers and trophies.
It was contrary to every doctrine of her's that difference of fortune should keep any couple asunder who were attracted by resemblance of disposition; and that Elinor's merit should not be acknowledged by every one who knew her, was to her comprehension impossible.

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