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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"
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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.
Whitehead's actual occasions are the "atoms" of his system, and his concept of prehension is the central idea that expresses the relations among actual occasions.
This is achieved through acts of what Whitehead calls prehension, coming from the Latin verb prehensio meaning 'to seize' Eternal objects provide the 'subjective aim' or 'lure' (46) of an actual entity, and reflect the nascent potentiality of nature.
Because both preferences for grasping information exist in a secondary agricultural education classroom, it is recommended to alternate and combine instruction in STEM concepts from both apprehension and comprehension of the prehension dialectic.
Further, reduced thumb mobility and intrinsic finger function in CMT patients limited prehension, resulting in abnormal posture during the 9-HPT test.
Pour Letourneau (2014), la conscience historique << releve de la prehension et de la comprehension active et reflechie de ce qui fut, sorte d'intellection ou de conceptualisation plus ou moins elaboree d'informations premieres ou d'experiences brutes touchant le passe, informations et experiences des lors portees a un niveau secondaire d'assimilation et d'appropriation >> (p.
For Whitehead and subsequent generations of process theologians, this iterative dance between concrescence and negative prehension represents a divinely constituted process.
Por lo tanto, estos raspadores habrian participado en actividades relacionadas con la extraccion y tratamiento de pieles y cueros; mientras el trabajo sobre material duro vegetal sugiere que a su vez, habrian intervenido en el complejo tecnologico empleado para la manufactura de distintos dispositivos de enmangues, lo que habria facilitado la prehension de diferentes instrumentos (Alvarez et al.
It consists of six sub-scales: Similarities, Lexical Fluency, Motor Series, Conflicting Instructions, Go No Go, and Prehension Behaviour, scored from 0 to 3.