Ap`pre*hen"sive (#), a. [Cf. F. appr'ehensif. See Apprehend.]
Capable of apprehending, or quick to do so; apt; discerning.
It may be pardonable to imagine that a friend, a kind and apprehensive . . . friend, is listening to our talk.
Knowing; conscious; cognizant.
A man that has spent his younger years in vanity and folly, and is, by the grace of God, apprehensive of it.
Relating to the faculty of apprehension.
Judgment . . . is implied in every apprehensive act.
Sir W. Hamilton.
Anticipative of something unfavorable' fearful of what may be coming; in dread of possible harm; in expectation of evil.
Not at all apprehensive of evils as a distance.
Reformers . . . apprehensive for their lives.
Sensible; feeling; perceptive.
Thoughts, my tormentors, armed with deadly stings,
Mangle my apprehensive, tenderest parts.
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