What is understanding?

  • (adj): Characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy.
    Example: "An understanding friend"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Understanding (also called intellection) is a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal adequately with that object. Understanding is a relation between the knower and an object of understanding. Understanding implies abilities and dispositions with respect to an object of knowledge sufficient to support intelligent behavior.

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Some articles on understanding:

National Center For Computational Sciences - Research Areas
... Astrophysics – Understanding the mechanism behind supernova explosions reveals much about the origins of the chemical elements in the universe ... And understanding the behavior of proteins will help researchers overcome obstacles in countless areas ... Engineering – Understanding the dynamics of combustion could lead to cleaner, more efficient diesel engines ...
Requirements Elicitation - Problems
... Problems of understanding ... The customers/users are not completely sure of what is needed, have a poor understanding of the capabilities and limitations of their computing environment, don’t have a full understanding of the problem domain ...
... recognize and understanding spoken language ... Such problems are hypothesised to include Spoken natural language understanding Understanding speech from far-field microphones - i.e ...
Understanding - Religious Perspectives
... In Catholicism and Anglicanism, understanding is one of the Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. ...
Monarchy In Canada - Public Understanding
... stated that contemporary Canadians had and have a poor understanding of the Canadian monarchy ... Crown has become irrelevant to most Canadian's understanding of our system of Government," which he attributed to the "fault of successive generations of politicians, of an educational ... to glaring sunshine, unfortunately resulting in a black hole of public understanding as to how it works." As well, the position of prime minister had undergone what has been described ...

More definitions of "understanding":

  • (noun): The statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises.
    Example: "There was an understanding between management and the workers"
    Synonyms: agreement
  • (noun): The cognitive condition of someone who understands.
    Example: "He has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
    Synonyms: apprehension, discernment, savvy
  • (noun): An inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion.
    Example: "I knew I could count on his understanding"
    Synonyms: sympathy
  • (noun): The capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination.
    Synonyms: reason, intellect