Search Result for "apprehensive":
1. quick to understand;
- Example: "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne
[syn: apprehensive, discerning]
2. mentally upset over possible misfortune or danger etc;
- Example: "apprehensive about her job"
- Example: "not used to a city and worried about small things"
- Example: "felt apprehensive about the consequences"
[syn: apprehensive, worried]
3. in fear or dread of possible evil or harm;
- Example: "apprehensive for one's life"
- Example: "apprehensive of danger"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Apprehensive \Ap`pre*hen"sive\, a. [Cf. F. appr['e]hensif. See Apprehend.] 1. Capable of apprehending, or quick to do so; apt; discerning. [1913 Webster] It may be pardonable to imagine that a friend, a kind and apprehensive . . . friend, is listening to our talk. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] 2. Knowing; conscious; cognizant. [R.] [1913 Webster] A man that has spent his younger years in vanity and folly, and is, by the grace of God, apprehensive of it. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 3. Relating to the faculty of apprehension. [1913 Webster] Judgment . . . is implied in every apprehensive act. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] 4. Anticipative of something unfavorable' fearful of what may be coming; in dread of possible harm; in expectation of evil. [1913 Webster] Not at all apprehensive of evils as a distance. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] Reformers . . . apprehensive for their lives. --Gladstone. [1913 Webster] 5. Sensible; feeling; perceptive. [R.] [1913 Webster] Thoughts, my tormentors, armed with deadly stings, Mangle my apprehensive, tenderest parts. --Milton. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
74 Moby Thesaurus words for "apprehensive": afraid, agitated, alive, all nerves, all-knowing, all-overish, anxious, anxioused up, apperceptive, appercipient, apprehending, awake, aware, bothered, cognizant, comprehending, concerned, conscious, disquieted, disturbed, edgy, excitable, fearful, foreboding, frightened, high-strung, in a pucker, in a stew, in suspense, insightful, intelligent, irritable, keyed-up, knowing, knowledgeable, mindful, misgiving, nerves on edge, nervous, nervy, omniscient, on edge, on tenterhooks, on tiptoe, overanxious, overapprehensive, overstrung, panicky, perceptive, percipient, perspicacious, perturbed, prehensile, qualmish, qualmy, quivering, sagacious, sensible, sentient, shrewd, solicitous, strained, suspenseful, taut, tense, troubled, understanding, uneasy, ware, wise, with bated breath, with muscles tense, witting, zealous