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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.]
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1. the act of grasping
2. apprehension by the senses or the mind
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(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)]
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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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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.
The study was performed in the framework of a Romanian CNCSIS project Autonomous prehension system to support handicapped human beings or access into dangerous areas.
carefully starts from commonsense experience in laying out Whitehead's metaphysical vision and in explaining the latter's technical vocabulary (e.g., terms such as "actual occasion," "prehension," "societies of actual occasions linked by a common element of form").
As might be expected of such an introductory work, parts of the discussion may leave the reader asking for further elaboration and clarification, particularly with regard to such notoriously difficult metaphysical topics as creativity, prehension, concrescence, intensity (understood as non-conscious feeling or enjoyment of experience), and other technical notions.
Eating time was considered as the time when the animals were actively engaged in the ingestion (prehension and swallowing) of concentrate as well as green fodder.
Partial cause of West's prehension was that as a romantic, she was not only interested in the ideas put forth in the radical thought of socialists, but also in their "affect," for she "understood their psychology," and their world which was "hermetic, paranoid"--one of the many parallels between that moment and this when one considers the effects of the PATRIOT Act and accumulation of power to the Executive branch in the US and its beleaguered smirk (speaking of affect).