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Synonyms for understanding
ˌʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ

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Princeton's WordNet

  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. Brad Loar:

    They pretty much resisted anything that we wanted to talk to them about, we didn’t see a whole lot of understanding or corrective action for most of the whole thing.

  2. Thom Robb:

    We can't give up, the process of doing it right makes us stronger. ... It educates those with a lack of understanding of what's going on and how it's wrong.

  3. Ellen Kullman:

    I tell my kids you don't always get to choose who you work with or play with, but you get to choose how you interact with them and work with them, so I think you learn a lot about working with people and understanding different people's strengths and weaknesses and how then you can work together.

  4. Gary Barker:

    There needs to be an understanding that a baby being born with microcephaly is an event that is going to increase the chance the father's not going to stick around and he's going to need some extra hand holding.

  5. Bernie Sanders:

    I think that there is an understanding there is something fundamentally immoral and wrong about a nation in which we have three people who own more wealth than the bottom half of the American people. That does not make sense.


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