What does the word comprehension mean?

Usage examples for comprehension

  1. The German system of destruction in the early part of the war was utterly without excuse or justification; the wreck and desolation, the hunger and suffering of the larger portion of Belgium are utterly beyond the comprehension of those who have not been there. – The Log of a Noncombatant by Horace Green
  2. When they were alone the two young people looked at each other in silence, Jennie with big, horrified eyes, Curtis with an amused comprehension of his sister's feeling. – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  3. It was almost beyond comprehension. – My Tropic Isle by E J Banfield