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apprehensive adj
1 quick to understand; "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne [syn: discerning]
2 mentally upset over possible misfortune or danger etc; worried; "anxious parents"; "anxious about her job"; "not used to a city and anxious about small things"; "felt apprehensive about the consequences" [syn: anxious]
3 in fear or dread of possible evil or harm; "apprehensive for one's life"; "apprehensive of danger"

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  1. Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.
    • 1719: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      ''this convinced me that there was no going on shore for us in the night on that coast, and how to venture on shore in the day was another question too; for to have fallen into the hands of any of the savages had been as bad as to have fallen into the hands of the lions and tigers; at least we were equally apprehensive of the danger of it.''

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