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Synonyms for understanding
ˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋun·der·stand·ing

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. understanding

    Mind, in a general sense, includes all the powers of sentient being apart from the physical factors in bodily faculties and activities; in a limited sense, mind is nearly synonymous with intellect, but includes disposition, or the tendency toward action, as appears in the phrase "to have a mind to work." As the seat of mental activity, brain (colloquially brains) is often used as a synonym for mind, intellect, intelligence. Thought, the act, process, or power of thinking, is often used to denote the thinking faculty, and especially the reason. The instinct of animals is now held by many philosophers to be of the same nature as the intellect of man, but inferior and limited; yet the apparent difference is very great.

    An instinct is a propensity prior to experience and independent of instruction.

    Paley Natural Philosophy ch. 18.

    In this sense we speak of human instincts, thus denoting tendencies independent of reasoning or instruction. The soul includes the intellect, sensibilities, and will; beyond what is expressed by the word mind, the soul denotes especially the moral, the immortal nature; we say of a dead body, the soul (not the mind) has fled. Spirit is used especially in contradistinction from matter; it may in many cases be substituted for soul, but soul has commonly a fuller and more determinate meaning; we can conceive of spirits as having no moral nature; the fairies, elves, and brownies of mythology might be termed spirits, but not souls. In the figurative sense, spirit denotes animation, excitability, perhaps impatience; as, a lad of spirit; he sang with spirit; he replied with spirit. Soul denotes energy and depth of feeling, as when we speak of soulful eyes; or it may denote the very life of anything; as, "the hidden soul of harmony," Milton L'Allegro l. 144. Sense may be an antonym of intellect, as when we speak of the sense of hearing; but sense is used also as denoting clear mental action, good judgment, acumen; as, he is a man of sense, or, he showed good sense; sense, even in its material signification, must be reckoned among the activities of mind, tho dependent on bodily functions; the mind, not the eye, really sees; the mind, not the ear, really hears. Consciousness includes all that a sentient being perceives, knows, thinks, or feels, from whatever source arising and of whatever character, kind, or degree, whether with or without distinct thinking, feeling, or willing; we speak of the consciousness of the brute, of the savage, or of the sage. The intellect is that assemblage of faculties which is concerned with knowledge, as distinguished from emotion and volition. Understanding is the Saxon word of the same general import, but is chiefly used of the reasoning powers; the understanding, which Sir Wm. Hamilton has called "the faculty of relations and comparisons," is distinguished by many philosophers from reason in that "reason is the faculty of the higher cognitions or a priori truth."

    Synonyms:
    brain, consciousness, disposition, instinct, intellect, intelligence, mind, reason, reason, sense, soul, spirit, thought

    Antonyms:
    body, brawn, brute force, material substance, matter

Princeton's WordNet

  1. understanding, apprehension, discernment, savvynoun

    the cognitive condition of someone who understands

    "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"

    Synonyms:
    sympathy, judgement, intellect, collar, perceptiveness, dread, discernment, appreciation, misgiving, taste, catch, sagaciousness, judgment, pinch, discretion, savvy, reason, apprehension, agreement, taking into custody, arrest, sagacity, apprehensiveness

    Antonyms:
    unperceptive, unperceiving

  2. agreement, understandingnoun

    the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises

    "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"; "there was an understanding between management and the workers"

    Synonyms:
    agreement, arrangement, savvy, apprehension, reason, correspondence, concord, intellect, sympathy, accord, discernment

    Antonyms:
    unperceptive, unperceiving

  3. sympathy, understandingnoun

    an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion

    "his sympathies were always with the underdog"; "I knew I could count on his understanding"

    Synonyms:
    apprehension, intellect, savvy, fellow feeling, discernment, reason, sympathy, agreement

    Antonyms:
    unperceptive, unperceiving

  4. reason, understanding, intellectadjective

    the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination

    "we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"

    Synonyms:
    intellect, rationality, savvy, apprehension, discernment, cause, reason, grounds, reasonableness, intellectual, agreement, ground, mind, sympathy

    Antonyms:
    unperceiving, unperceptive

  5. understandingadjective

    characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy

    "an understanding friend"

    Antonyms:
    unperceptive, unperceiving

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  1. skills

    Submitted by 26cwhitelaw on December 18, 2019  

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. understandingnoun

    Synonyms:
    comprehension, discernment, apprehension, accord, entente, harmony, agreement

    Associated words:
    tacit

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How to use understanding in a sentence?

  1. Carmen Aristegui:

    There was a request that this work was not put out on MVS. There was a really tense and complex situation between us. Not in an imposing or imperative tone, more an attempt for me to 'show understanding'.

  2. Lindsey Vonn:

    I guess it wasn't a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods. Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy. I don't plan on addressing this further as I would like to keep that part of my life between us, my family and close friends. Thank you for understanding and your continued support !

  3. The NFL:

    We are dedicated to making football safer and continue to take steps to protect players, including rule changes, advanced sideline technology and expanded medical resources, we continue to make significant investments in independent research... and other efforts to accelerate the science and understanding of these issues.

  4. Steve Bertolino:

    It is my understanding that the arrest warrant for Gabby Petitos fiancé Brian Laundrie is related to activities occurring after the death of Gabby Petito and not related to Gabby Petito actual demise, the FBI is focusing on locating Gabby Petitos fiancé Brian Laundrie and when The FBI occurs the specifics of the charges covered under the indictment will be addressed in the proper forum.

  5. Daniel LaRusso:

    Cobra Kai '. being at this point in my life and understanding how rare these scenarios are where you can touch millions of people around the world with a story and a character, being negative about that is just silly.


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