apprehensive /aprɪˈhɛnsɪv/

a

I. adjective

1. anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen

he felt apprehensive about going home.
2.
‹rare› relating to perception or understanding.
II. derivatives

1. apprehensively /aprɪˈhɛnsɪvli /
adverb


2. apprehensiveness /aprɪˈhɛnsɪvnəs /
noun


– origin late Middle English (in sense 2): from French appréhensif or medieval Latin apprehensivus, from Latin apprehendere ‘seize, grasp’ (see apprehend).

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