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. Hawthorne.


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. Jer. Taylor.


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. Tillotson.

Reformers . . . apprehensive for their lives. Gladstone.


Sensible; feeling; perceptive.


Thoughts, my tormentors, armed with deadly stings, Mangle my apprehensive, tenderest parts. Milton.


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