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English adjective: understanding

1. understanding characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy

SamplesAn understanding friend.


Antonymsunperceiving, unperceptive

English noun: understanding

1. understanding (cognition) the cognitive condition of someone who understands

SamplesHe has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect.

Synonymsapprehension, discernment, savvy

Broader (hypernym)knowing

Narrower (hyponym)appreciation, brainstorm, brainwave, comprehension, grasp, grasping, hindsight, hold, insight, realisation, realization, recognition, self-knowledge, smattering

2. understanding (communication) the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises

SamplesThey had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business.
There was an understanding between management and the workers.


Broader (hypernym)statement

Narrower (hyponym)bargain, confederacy, conspiracy, covenant, deal, entente, entente cordiale, fair-trade agreement, gentlemen's agreement, oral contract, reservation, sale, sales agreement, settlement, severance agreement, submission, suicide pact, unilateral contract, working agreement, written agreement

Part holonymcondition, term

3. understanding (cognition) an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion

SamplesHis sympathies were always with the underdog.
I knew I could count on his understanding.


Broader (hypernym)disposition, inclination, tendency

4. understanding (cognition) the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination

SamplesWe are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil.

Synonymsintellect, reason

Broader (hypernym)faculty, mental faculty, module

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