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Synonyms for understanding
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  1. understanding, apprehension, discernment, savvy(noun)

    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, understanding(noun)

    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, understanding(noun)

    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, intellect(adj)

    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. understanding(adj)

    characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy

    "an understanding friend"

    Antonyms:
    unperceptive, unperceiving

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

Editors Contribution

  1. skills

    Submitted by 26cwhitelaw on December 18, 2019  

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. understanding(n)

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

    Associated words:
    tacit

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How to use understanding in a sentence?

  1. Oliver Hermanus:

    I would like the conversation to be about the trauma that toxic masculinity that we need to address in South Africa, I would like it to be about the treatment of the LGBT community and I hope with any film that I make about South Africa ... that it expands our understanding of each other.

  2. Ben Smith:

    When we published the Steele Dossier in 2017, we were met with outrage from many corners -- a major news anchor and President President Donald Trump both deemed it' fake news' ; and several Russian businessmen, plus Michael Cohen, sued for defamation, as we have said from the start, a document that had been circulating at the highest levels of government, under active investigation by The FBI, and briefed to two successive presidents, is clearly the subject of' official action.' Moreover, its publication has contributed to the the American people's understanding of what is happening in their country and their government.

  3. Kahlil Gibran:

    Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

  4. Ian McKellen:

    The beauty of Shakespeare is that he was so perceptive about human nature. He was so interested in the whole range of people from the top of society to the bottom and everything in between, he was so accurate in understanding our emotions ... and our motives for doing things, that he goes on being relevant.

  5. H.W. Mann:

    Love is all around us. The road of love leads to heaven. Many spiritual leaders speak of this state of consciousness. This is how heaven on earth will be created. Through a conscious state called love. By protection and nurturing of all creation. It is unconditional. It does not depend on how someone or something makes us feel. It is far beyond emotion. It is of the spirit. It comes from spiritual awareness. It comes from the understanding that all creation is an expression of God. That we are a part of it. And that we are the ones who will create heaven on earth. Love is the most powerful force in the universe.

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