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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. thorough understanding
  • n. The totality of intensions, that is, attributes, characters, marks, properties, or qualities, that the object possesses, or else the totality of intensions that are pertinent to the context of a given discussion.
  • n. a compact syntax for generating a list in some functional programming languages

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of comprehending, containing, or comprising; inclusion.
  • n. That which is comprehended or inclosed within narrow limits; a summary; an epitome.
  • n. The capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; the power, act, or process of grasping with the intellect; perception; understanding.
  • n. The complement of attributes which make up the notion signified by a general term.
  • n. A figure by which the name of a whole is put for a part, or that of a part for a whole, or a definite number for an indefinite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of comprehending, including, or embracing; a comprising; inclusion.
  • n. The quality or state of being comprehensive; comprehensiveness.
  • n. That which comprehends or contains within itself; a summary; an epitome.
  • n. Capacity of the mind to understand; power of the understanding to receive and contain ideas; ability to know.
  • n. The act or fact of understanding; successful exercise of the knowing faculty; grasp of the significance or particulars of anything: as, to be quick of comprehension; the distinct comprehension of a term or of a subject.
  • n. In rhetoric, a trope or figure by which the name of a whole is put for a part, or that of a part for a whole, or a definite number for an indefinite.
  • n. In logic, the sum of all those attributes which make up the content of a given conception: thus, rational, sensible, moral, etc., form the comprehension of the conception man: opposed to extension, extent.
  • n. Synonyms See list under apprehension.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the relation of comprising something
  • n. an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result)

Etymologies

Middle English comprehensioun, from Latin comprehēnsiō, comprehēnsiōn-, from comprehēnsus, past participle of comprehendere, to comprehend; see comprehend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French compréhension. (Wiktionary)

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