noun 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
noun the relation of comprising something
- he admired the inclusion of so many ideas in such a short work
: cf. F. compréhension
- The act of comprehending, containing, or comprising; inclusion.
In the Old Testament there is a close comprehension of the New; in the New, an open discovery of the Old.
- That which is comrehended or inclosed within narrow limits; a summary; an epitome. Obs.
Though not a catalogue of fundamentals, yet . . . a comprehension of them.
- 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 principles.
- (Logic) The complement of attributes which make up the notion signified by a general term.
- (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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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."
-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.
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