One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of grasping or seizing.
- ‘In short, grasping food objects and small-diameter supports were probably key factors in the development of primate manual prehension.’
- ‘After prey capture is initiated, jaw prehension is used to ingest the prey item.’
- ‘Prey were captured in water using jaw prehension, triggered by visual or tactile information.’
An interaction of a subject with an event or entity which involves perception but not necessarily cognition.
- ‘Again, how far down you push a cultural background (or collective prehension) depends upon how far down you are willing to push individual prehension.’
- ‘So prehension is a ferment of qualitative valuation which need not necessarily be conscious.’
Early 19th century: from Latin prehensio(n-), from prehendere ‘to grasp’.
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