Definition of Comprehension

1. Noun. An ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result). "He was famous for his comprehension of American literature"

Generic synonyms: Apprehension, Discernment, Savvy, Understanding
Derivative terms: Comprehend, Comprehend
Antonyms: Incomprehension

2. Noun. The relation of comprising something. "He admired the inclusion of so many ideas in such a short work"
Exact synonyms: Inclusion
Generic synonyms: Involvement
Derivative terms: Comprehend

Definition of Comprehension

1. n. The act of comprehending, containing, or comprising; inclusion.

Definition of Comprehension

1. Noun. thorough understanding ¹

2. Noun. (logic) 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. ¹

3. Noun. (computing) a compact syntax for generating a list in some functional programming languages ¹

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Definition of Comprehension

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Comprehension

1. Knowledge or understanding of an object, situation, event, or verbal statement. (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Comprehension

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1. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1908)
"If Nottingham himself was for comprehension, he chiefly aimed at making the ... Moreover, there were many dissenters whom no comprehension could include ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1908)
"If Nottingham himself was for comprehension, he chiefly aimed at making the ... Moreover, there were many dissenters whom no comprehension could include ..."

3. The Classical World by Classical Association of the Atlantic States (1908)
"At the outset I desire to make it perfectly clear that by comprehension I mean that kind of comprehension which reaches not only the mind but the feelings ..."

4. The History of England, from the Accession of James the Second by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay (1886)
"The history of the comprehension Bill presents a remarkable contrast to the history ... The comprehension Bill was indeed a neater specimen of legislative ..."

5. The Journal of Speculative Philosophy: Ed. by Wm. T. Harris edited by William Torrey Harris (1869)
"Individuality is the negative reflection of the comprehension into itself, ... Universality is the positive, not excluding, unity of the comprehension with ..."

6. Lectures on Metaphysics and Logic by William Hamilton (1860)
"INDUCTIVE IN EXTENSION AND comprehension. — B. CONDITIONAL. — DISJUNCTIVE. Ix my last Lecture, after terminating the consideration of the constituent ..."

7. The Complete Works of Count Tolstoy by Leo Tolstoy (1904)
"In the twelfth verse it says that the comprehension gave men the chance to ... The comprehension is God, consequently, to become the son of God means to ..."

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