I. adjective 1. anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen • he felt apprehensive about going home.
‹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).