[ ap-ri-hen-siv ]
Part of Speechadjective, adjectiveOrigin + Etymology
Late Middle English; from the French appréhensif or the medieval Latin apprehensivus, from the Latin apprehendere "seize, grasp"
adjectiveuneasy or fearful about something that might happen
adjectivequick to learn or understand
adjectiveA) The kitten was apprehensive toward her new owners after her experiences on the street. B) George was apprehensive when it came to camping as he was convinced he would be eaten by the wildlife.
adjectiveA) Normally, only one in ten employees would be apprehensive enough to grasp the warning, but this lot were much more astute than normal. B) She tried to stay apprehensive during the lecture, but something at the back of her mind nagged at her.