1. the act or process of comprehending.
  2. the state of being comprehended.
  3. perception or understanding: His comprehension of physics is amazing for a young student.
  4. capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; power to grasp ideas; ability to know.
  5. Logic. the connotation of a term.
  6. inclusion.
  7. comprehensiveness.


  1. the act or capacity of understanding
  2. the state of including or comprising something; comprehensiveness
  3. education an exercise consisting of a previously unseen passage of text with related questions, designed to test a student’s understanding esp of a foreign language
  4. logic obsolete the attributes implied by a given concept or term; connotation

mid-15c., from Middle French compreh√©nsion (15c.), from Latin comprehensionem (nominative comprehensio) “a seizing, laying hold of, arrest,” figuratively “perception, comprehension,” noun of action from past participle stem of comprehendere (see comprehend). In reading education, from 1921.


  1. apperception

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