Adjective "Apprehensive" definition and examples

(Apprehensive may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen.
  1. 'Approaching exam time children get apprehensive and nervous about learning and become worried about making a fool of themselves.'
  2. 'Her arms are crossed and her face apprehensive, but she claims she's not nervous.'
  3. 'I was very anxious and apprehensive about going in to work.'
  4. 'Obviously I'm still nervous and apprehensive, but sometimes you've got to do certain things.'
  5. 'I am very nervous and apprehensive, particularly as the hours are ticking away.'
  6. 'It was a mixture of anger, worry, and sadness with tears welling in her apprehensive eyes.'
  7. 'She wore an expression that could either be read as apprehensive or frightened, depending.'
  8. 'Our staff report feeling constantly afraid and apprehensive even when they are safe at home.'
  9. 'An anxious start I was a bit apprehensive at the start of this week.'
  10. 'A lot of those deals are very tight and clients become apprehensive.'
Relating to perception or understanding.

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    1. uneasy or fearful about something that might happen: apprehensive for the safety of the mountain climbers.

    2. quick to learn or understand.

    3. perceptive; discerning (usually followed by of).

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be apprehensive about things."

    "people can be apprehensive of things."

    "levies can be apprehensive over people."

    "people can be apprehensive over reports."

    "people can be apprehensive on shots."

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