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Definition 1: the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where understanding or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for understanding in the sense of this definition

(understanding is a kind of ...) one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind

Definition 2: the cognitive condition of someone who understands - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where understanding or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect

Synonyms for understanding in the sense of this definition

(understanding is a kind of ...) a clear and certain mental apprehension

(... is a kind of understanding ) an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result)

"how you can do that is beyond my comprehension" "he was famous for his comprehension of American literature"

(... is a kind of understanding ) an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities

(... is a kind of understanding ) a slight or superficial understanding of a subject

(... is a kind of understanding ) understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

"he has a good grasp of accounting practices"

(... is a kind of understanding ) understanding with difficulty

"the lecture was beyond his most strenuous graspings"

(... is a kind of understanding ) understanding the nature of an event after it has happened

"hindsight is always better than foresight"

(... is a kind of understanding ) the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation

(... is a kind of understanding ) coming to understand something clearly and distinctly

"a growing realization of the risk involved" "a sudden recognition of the problem he faced" "increasing recognition that diabetes frequently coexists with other chronic diseases"

Definition 3: an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where understanding or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for understanding in the sense of this definition

(understanding is a kind of ...) an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

"he had an inclination to give up too easily" "a tendency to be too strict"

Definition 4: the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where understanding or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for understanding in the sense of this definition

(understanding is a kind of ...) a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

"according to his statement he was in London on that day"

(... is a kind of understanding ) a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act

(... is a kind of understanding ) an agreement on the terms on which an employee will leave

(... is a kind of understanding ) a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it

(... is a kind of understanding ) the written record or promise of an arrangement by which accommodations are secured in advance

(... is a kind of understanding ) an agreement that is not in writing and is not signed by the parties but is a real existing contract that lacks only the formal requirement of a memorandum to render it enforceable in litigation

(... is a kind of understanding ) a friendly understanding between political powers

(... is a kind of understanding ) an agreement between parties in a dispute to abide by the decision of an arbiter

(... is a kind of understanding ) a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties

(... is a kind of understanding ) a personal agreement based on honor and not legally binding

(... is a kind of understanding ) an informal agreement to work together

(... is a kind of understanding ) an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each

"he made a bargain with the devil" "he rose to prominence through a series of shady deals"

(... is a kind of understanding ) an agreement (or contract) in which property is transferred from the seller (vendor) to the buyer (vendee) for a fixed price in money (paid or agreed to be paid by the buyer)

"the salesman faxed the sales agreement to his home office"

(... is a kind of understanding ) a one-sided agreement whereby you promise to do (or refrain from doing) something in return for a performance (not a promise)

(... is a kind of understanding ) (Bible) an agreement between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from them in return

(... is a kind of understanding ) an agreement (illegal in the United States) between the manufacturer of a trademarked item of merchandise and its retail distributors to sell the item at a price at or above the price set by the manufacturer

(... is a kind of understanding ) an agreement by two or more people to commit suicide together at a given place and time

"the two lovers killed themselves in a suicide pact"

(understanding is a part of ...) (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement

"the contract set out the conditions of the lease" "the terms of the treaty were generous"

Definition 5: characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where understanding or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an understanding friend

(understanding is similar to ...) having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment

"a perceptive eye" "a perceptive observation"

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