understanding (n.)

Old English understanding "comprehension," verbal noun from understand (v.). Meaning "mutual agreement" is attested from 1803.

updated on February 26, 2014

Definitions of understanding from WordNet
understanding (n.)
the cognitive condition of someone who understands;
he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect
understanding (n.)
the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises;
there was an understanding between management and the workers
Synonyms: agreement
understanding (n.)
an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion;
I knew I could count on his understanding
Synonyms: sympathy
understanding (n.)
the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination;
Synonyms: reason / intellect
understanding (adj.)
characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy;
an understanding friend
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