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 for apprehension
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Apprehension \Ap`pre*hen"sion\, n. [L. apprehensio: cf. F.
     appr['e]hension. See Apprehend.]
     1. The act of seizing or taking hold of; seizure; as, the
        hand is an organ of apprehension. --Sir T. Browne.
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     2. The act of seizing or taking by legal process; arrest; as,
        the felon, after his apprehension, escaped.
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     3. The act of grasping with the intellect; the contemplation
        of things, without affirming, denying, or passing any
        judgment; intellection; perception.
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              Simple apprehension denotes no more than the soul's
              naked intellection of an object.      --Glanvill.
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     4. Opinion; conception; sentiment; idea.
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     Note: In this sense, the word often denotes a belief, founded
           on sufficient evidence to give preponderation to the
           mind, but insufficient to induce certainty; as, in our
           apprehension, the facts prove the issue.
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                 To false, and to be thought false, is all one in
                 respect of men, who act not according to truth,
                 but apprehension.                  --South.
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     5. The faculty by which ideas are conceived; understanding;
        as, a man of dull apprehension.
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     6. Anticipation, mostly of things unfavorable; distrust or
        fear at the prospect of future evil.
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              After the death of his nephew Caligula, Claudius was
              in no small apprehension for his own life.
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     Syn: Apprehension, Alarm.
     Usage: Apprehension springs from a sense of danger when
            somewhat remote, but approaching; alarm arises from
            danger when announced as near at hand. Apprehension is
            calmer and more permanent; alarm is more agitating and
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked
           around the examination room with apprehension" [syn:
           apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread]
      2: the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has
         virtually no understanding of social cause and effect" [syn:
         understanding, apprehension, discernment, savvy]
      3: painful expectation [syn: apprehension, misgiving]
      4: the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal);
         "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar" [syn:
         apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking
         into custody]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  186 Moby Thesaurus words for "apprehension":
     IQ, Pyrrhonism, abduction, agitation, alarm, all-overs, angst,
     anxiety, anxiety hysteria, anxiety neurosis, anxious bench,
     anxious concern, anxious seat, anxiousness, apprehensiveness,
     arrest, arrestation, arrestment, boding, bust, caliber,
     cankerworm of care, capacity, capture, care, catch, catching,
     clairvoyance, cliff-hanging, collaring, command, comprehension,
     conceit, concept, conception, conceptualization, concern,
     concernment, coup, deductive power, detention, diffidence,
     disquiet, disquietude, distress, distrust, distrustfulness,
     disturbance, doubt, doubtfulness, dragnet, dread, dubiety,
     dubiousness, esemplastic power, expectant waiting, faith, fancy,
     fear, forcible seizure, foreboding, forebodingness, foreknowledge,
     grab, grabbing, grasp, grip, half-belief, hold, idea, ideation,
     image, imago, impression, inquietude, integrative power, intellect,
     intellection, intellectual grasp, intellectual object,
     intellectual power, intellectualism, intellectuality, intelligence,
     intelligence quotient, kidnapping, knowledge, leeriness, malaise,
     mastery, memory-trace, mental age, mental capacity, mental grasp,
     mental image, mental impression, mental ratio, mentality, misdoubt,
     misgiving, mistrust, mistrustfulness, mother wit, nab, nabbing,
     native wit, nervous strain, nervous tension, nervousness, netting,
     notion, observation, opinion, overanxiety, panic, perception,
     perturbation, pessimism, picking up, pickup, pinch,
     pins and needles, possession, power grab, power of mind,
     precognition, prehension, premonition, prenotion, presage,
     presentiment, pucker, qualm, qualmishness, question, rationality,
     reasoning power, recept, reflection, reliance, representation,
     running in, sanity, savvy, scope of mind, scruple, scrupulousness,
     seizure, seizure of power, self-doubt, sense, sentiment,
     shadow of doubt, skepticalness, skepticism, snatch, snatching,
     solicitude, stew, strain, supposition, suspense, suspicion,
     suspiciousness, taking in, taking into custody, tension, theory,
     thinking power, thought, total skepticism, trouble, trust,
     uncertainty, understanding, unease, uneasiness, unquietness, upset,
     vexation, waiting, wariness, wisdom, wit, worry, zeal

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  APPREHENSION, practice. The capture or arrest of a person. The term
  apprehension is applied to criminal cases, and arrest to civil cases; as,
  one having authority may arrest on civil process, and apprehend on a
  criminal warrant.

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