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1. The act of grasping or seizing.
a. Apprehension by the senses.
b. Understanding.

[Latin prehēnsiō, prehēnsiōn-, from prehēnsus, past participle of prehendere, to seize; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.]


1. the act of grasping
2. apprehension by the senses or the mind


(prɪˈhɛn ʃən)

1. the act of seizing or grasping.
2. mental apprehension.
[1525–35; < Latin pre(hē)nsiō making an arrest =prehend(ere) to seize (pre-, appar. for prae- pre- + -hendere to grasp)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prehension - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)prehension - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
control - the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
clutch, clutches, grip, hold, clasp, clench, grasp - the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
References in classic literature ?
He looked pleased; pleased, and touched with ap- prehension at the same time.
A well-developed tail having been formed in an aquatic animal, it might subsequently come to be worked in for all sorts of purposes, as a fly-flapper, an organ of prehension, or as an aid in turning, as with the dog, though the aid must be slight, for the hare, with hardly any tail, can double quickly enough.
For example, the instantaneous cursor position depicted by the star in Figure 2(b) is on the edge of the potential well for the palmer prehension (PP) grasp (Figure 2(d)).
Abstract: An adult female Chinese goose (Anser cygnoides) presented with a ventral displacement of the hyoid apparatus, associated with distension of the intermandibular sublingual space and of the gular skin, causing difficulties with prehension and deglutition of food and water.
The timing of the reconstructive process should ideally start before the development of prehension.
Les ennemis d'hier, qu'il denonce avec sa gouaille outranciere, deviendront les amis du jour ; l'important c'est d'arriver a ses fins, quels que soient les moyens utilises, parmi lesquels la prehension de la barbichette des uns par les autres semble etre le plus efficace.
1992) The contributions of peripheral vision and central vision to prehension.
Indispensable response, responsibility, when the Other approaches, stands in place of prehension or comprehension of relation.
In 1818, Peter Ballif, a Berlin dentist, first gave the upper extremity prosthesis prehension control with a shoulder harness and a chest strap.
The authors then link normal development to clinical implementations and the functional outcome of these, in areas like locomotion and prehension.
Prehension and hafting traces on flint tools: a methodology, xx+274 pages, 289 figures, 204 plates, CD-ROM with tables.
The tests cover a variety of skills, including applied mathematics, reading com prehension and other essential work skills.