Definition of apprehensive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌæprɪˈhensɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæprɪˈhensɪv//
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worried or frightened that something unpleasant may happen an apprehensive face/glance/look The long delay had made me quite apprehensive. apprehensive about/of something I was a little apprehensive about the effects of what I had said. You have no reason to be apprehensive of the future. apprehensive that… She was deeply apprehensive that something might go wrong. See related entries: Fear Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense relating to perception or understanding): from French appréhensif or medieval Latin apprehensivus, from Latin apprehendere ‘seize, grasp’, from ad- ‘towards’ + prehendere ‘lay hold of’.
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