The action of grasping or seizing.‘After prey capture is initiated, jaw prehension is used to ingest the prey item.’
- ‘In short, grasping food objects and small-diameter supports were probably key factors in the development of primate manual prehension.’
- ‘Prey were captured in water using jaw prehension, triggered by visual or tactile information.’
An interaction of a subject with an event or entity which involves perception but not necessarily cognition.‘Again, how far down you push a cultural background (or collective prehension) depends upon how far down you are willing to push individual prehension.’
- ‘So prehension is a ferment of qualitative valuation which need not necessarily be conscious.’
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘arrest in the name of the law’): from late Latin prehensio(n-), from Latin prehendere ‘to grasp’.