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Definition of "apprehensive" []

  • Anxious or fearful about the future; uneasy. See Synonyms at afraid. (adjective)
  • Capable of understanding and quick to apprehend. (adjective)
  • Fearful or anxious (adjective)

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Use "apprehensive" in a sentence
  • "For a moment, Helen stood very still, her expression apprehensive, her hands rubbing the ball, exploring the slickness of the horsehide and the ridges of the stitching."
  • "Mademoiselle Avrillion put down her basket and smoothed her skirt, her expression apprehensive."
  • "Margaret tells me that she was apprehensive from the start of the voyage -- and even before."