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prehensile - Dictionary definition and meaning for word prehensile

(adj) adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object
Example Sentence
  • a monkey's prehensile tail

(adj) having a keen intellect
Example Sentence
  • poets--those gifted strangely prehensile men

(adj) immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
Example Sentence
  • they are avaricious and will do anything for money
  • casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields
  • a grasping old miser
  • grasping commercialism
  • greedy for money and power
  • grew richer and greedier
  • prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for prehensile

PRE(before)+HENS+ILE before the hens can escape we have to grasp & hold them.
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by sharathjntu

From comprehensible to get hold of idea or concept.Prehensile is get hold or grasp things.
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by rakei

PreHensile..Concentrate on Hensile.. Sounds like Tensile..Now Tensile means Capable of Being stretched, similarly lets say hensile means capable of being held or grasped..!
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by jammy4u

Root word prehend/ /prehens/ /preg/ = to grasp; to take; to seize e.g. comprehensible
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by ksameer_coep

PREHENSILE sounds like PENCIL. Hands are PREHENSILE because they can grab PENcILs.
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by dshefman

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by dshefman

pre+hens+ile(read ill). Before hens get ill we have to grasp and hold them to cure.
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by cp.jethani

pre(before) + H (harvest) + en (ensure) + sle (selling) means more greedy to get hold of money.
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by siddhartha

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by siddhartha

prehend-means to arrest...so prehensile means to grasp or similar to arrest
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by nippi86

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