apprehensive apprehensive  /ˌæ prɪ ˈhɛn sɪv/


  1. (adj) in fear or dread of possible evil or harm
  2. (adj) mentally upset over possible misfortune or danger etc
  3. (adj) quick to understand



  1. Boyle was apprehensive of the box office openings as he was not sure how the public would react to his movie.
  2. The architect was apprehensive that the building would collapse any moment.
  3. The police apprehensive that the hostage situation could not be neutralized without any loss of life.


  1. NPSD to evaluate technology needs

    By JENNIFER LAWSON LANSDALE - Brett Baker, North Penn School District's e-learning coach, described a breakthrough he witnessed in a classroom as a result of new technology. The student, a second-grader, was hesitant to use an iPad application that records and plays back the user's voice. "This student was very apprehensive about reading into the iPad and had a ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Reporter

  2. Faculty members discuss evolution of teaching

    The world has changed a lot since the ’60s, and so have Cornell students. They are more diverse, more dedicated, more apprehensive, maybe even more “salacious,” according to a panel of history faculty who recounted some of their own teaching history to a Reunion 2013 audience in Bailey Hall June 7.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Cornell News Service

  3. Connecting The Dots On The Random Walk

    Even after the S&P 500 has nailed a series of new highs over the past several months, many investors are still bracing for the next bear market.  Who can blame them?  Enduring two of the worst bear markets in U.S. history over the past 13 years can make even the most optimistic investor feel a bit apprehensive.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Forbes


  1. "I'll be apprehensive hitting any shot," said Harrington, who hit his opening tee shot in the rough and took bogey at the opening hole. "I'll certainly be apprehensive hitting it in the rough. It might be a situation now of trying to manage...
    on Jul 17, 2008 By: Padraig Harrington Source: Newsweek

  2. "I feel apprehensive because my husband ...... is not that well," his wife, Wan Azizah, an opposition MP, said after his arrest. "He has a bad back, he's had surgery. And [during a] brief conversation, he said [the police] were not gentle. My...
    on Jul 16, 2008 By: Wan Azizah Wan Ismail Source: Times Online

  3. Cameron said: "I think you're apprehensive right before they're opening the envelope - there is a chance you might have to go up and make a fool of yourself in front of a million people."
    on Mar 7, 2010 By: James Cameron Source:

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