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Definition of "comprehension" []

  • The act or fact of grasping the meaning, nature, or importance of; understanding. (noun)
  • The knowledge that is acquired in this way. (noun)
  • Capacity to include. (noun)
  • Logic The sum of meanings and corresponding implications inherent in a term. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "comprehension" in a sentence
  • "In a course of earnest intellectual work, the pupil must too often, with his present aids, become aware of absence of comprehension; he is ever and anon brought to stand still and cast about for the unsupplied preliminary facts and truths, for the unhinted hypotheses and inferences, which his situation and previous study do not enable him to supply, but which are necessary to a _comprehension_ of the results set down for him to deal with."
  • "Ms. Sebelius said the label comprehension and actual-use study didn't include data "on all ages for which the drug would be approved and available over-the-counter.""
  • "The label comprehension and actual use studies submitted to FDA do not include data on all ages for which the drug would be approved and available over-the-counter."