comprehension

comprehension
com|pre|hen|sion [ˌkɔmprıˈhenʃən US ˌka:m-] n
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: comprehensio, from comprehendere; COMPRHEND]
1.) [U]
the ability to understand something
→↑comprehend comprehension of
They don't have the least comprehension of what I'm trying to do.
The research project will focus on children's comprehension of pretence.
Why you let her talk you into doing such a foolish thing is beyond my comprehension (=impossible for me to understand) .
2.) [U and C]
an exercise given to students to test how well they understand written or spoken language
new methods of testing reading comprehension
a comprehension task

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  • Comprehension — Compréhension La compréhension (latin comprehensio, de cum, avec, et prehendere, prendre: action de saisir ensemble ou de prendre avec soi) est la faculté de comprendre. Logique Dans le domaine de la logique aristotélicienne, la compréhension d… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Comprehension — has the following meanings: In general usage, and more specifically in reference to education and psychology, it has roughly the same meaning as understanding. Reading comprehension measures the understanding of a passage of text Comprehension… …   Wikipedia

  • compréhension — COMPRÉHENSION. s. f. Faculté de comprendre, de concevoir. Avoir la compréhension aisée, facile. Il est de dure compréhension. f♛/b] Il signifie dans le style didactique, Connoissance entière et parfaite. La compréhension des Mystères est réservée …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Comprehension — Com pre*hen sion, n. [L. comprehensio: cf. F. compr[ e]hension.] 1. The act of comprehending, containing, or comprising; inclusion. [1913 Webster] In the Old Testament there is a close comprehension of the New; in the New, an open discovery of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • comprehension — mid 15c., from M.Fr. comprehénsion (15c.), from L. comprehensionem (nom. comprehensio) a seizing, noun of action from pp. stem of comprehendere (see COMPREHEND (Cf. comprehend)). In reading education, from 1921 …   Etymology dictionary

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