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English adjective: understanding

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


SamplesAn understanding friend.


Similarperceptive


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.


Synonymsagreement


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.


Synonymssympathy


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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