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comprehension    : [k,ɑmprih'ɛnʃən]
Comprehension \Com`pre*hen"sion\, n. [L. comprehensio: cf. F.
1. The act of comprehending, containing, or comprising;
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In the Old Testament there is a close comprehension
of the New; in the New, an open discovery of the
Old. --Hooker.
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2. That which is comprehended or inclosed within narrow
limits; a summary; an epitome. [Obs.]
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Though not a catalogue of fundamentals, yet . . . a
comprehension of them. --Chillingworth.
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3. The capacity of the mind to perceive and understand; the
power, act, or process of grasping with the intellect;
perception; understanding; as, a comprehension of abstract
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4. (Logic) The complement of attributes which make up the
notion signified by a general term.
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5. (Rhet.) 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.
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n 1: an ability to understand the meaning or importance of
something (or the knowledge acquired as a result); "how you
can do that is beyond my comprehension"; "he was famous for
his comprehension of American literature" [ant:
2: the relation of comprising something; "he admired the
inclusion of so many ideas in such a short work" [synonym:
{inclusion}, {comprehension}]

68 Moby Thesaurus words for "comprehension":
IQ, admissibility, admission, apprehension, assimilation, caliber,
capacity, clairvoyance, command, completeness, comprehensiveness,
comprisal, conception, conceptualization, coverage,
deductive power, eligibility, embodiment, embracement,
encompassment, envisagement, esemplastic power, exhaustiveness,
foreknowledge, grasp, grip, ideation, inclusion, inclusiveness,
incorporation, integrative power, intellect, intellection,
intellectual grasp, intellectual power, intellectualism,
intellectuality, intelligence, intelligence quotient, knowledge,
mastery, membership, mental age, mental capacity, mental grasp,
mental ratio, mentality, mother wit, native wit, openness,
participation, power of mind, precognition, prehension,
rationality, reasoning power, reception, sanity, savvy,
scope of mind, sense, thinking power, tolerance, toleration,
understanding, whole, wisdom, wit

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