Definition of apprehensive in English:

apprehensive

adjective

  • 1Anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen.

    ‘he felt apprehensive about going home’
    [with clause] ‘they were apprehensive that something might go wrong’
    • ‘A lot of those deals are very tight and clients become apprehensive.’
    • ‘The board of directors looked tense and apprehensive, anticipating the storm that was about to break.’
    • ‘He invariably looks good, but his expression frequently verges on concerned and apprehensive.’
    • ‘It was a mixture of anger, worry, and sadness with tears welling in her apprehensive eyes.’
    • ‘In the absence of common interests states will be competitive, apprehensive, and even fearful.’
    • ‘If the horse gets apprehensive or frightened, his back tightens and shortens.’
    • ‘An anxious start I was a bit apprehensive at the start of this week.’
    • ‘Her arms are crossed and her face apprehensive, but she claims she's not nervous.’
    • ‘The marines were pumped up for action, but also thoughtful, nervous and even apprehensive.’
    • ‘Approaching exam time children get apprehensive and nervous about learning and become worried about making a fool of themselves.’
    • ‘I was very anxious and apprehensive about going in to work.’
    • ‘I am very nervous and apprehensive, particularly as the hours are ticking away.’
    • ‘And I must confess to being a trifle apprehensive in the days leading up to the concert.’
    • ‘Anyway… I never realised just how worried and apprehensive he was about her visiting.’
    • ‘Obviously I'm still nervous and apprehensive, but sometimes you've got to do certain things.’
    • ‘Our staff report feeling constantly afraid and apprehensive even when they are safe at home.’
    • ‘For ten days or more I never heard a peep from him and I was beginning to feel less apprehensive about the whole experience.’
    • ‘Why were these people frightened and so apprehensive if he had committed no crime?’
    • ‘Another pause and she strained for the answer, nervous and apprehensive all at once.’
    • ‘She wore an expression that could either be read as apprehensive or frightened, depending.’
    anxious, alarmed, worried, uneasy, nervous, concerned, agitated, restless, edgy, on edge, fidgety, tense, strained, stressed, neurotic, panicky, afraid, scared, frightened, fearful, terrified
    on tenterhooks, trepidatious
    stressy
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  • 2archaic, literary Relating to perception or understanding.

Origin

Late Middle English ( apprehensive): from French appréhensif or medieval Latin apprehensivus, from Latin apprehendere seize, grasp (see apprehension).

Pronunciation:

apprehensive

/ˌaprəˈhensiv/