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understanding

Philosophy archaic the mind, esp the faculty of reason

understanding

see MEANINGFUL UNDERSTANDING AND EXPLANATION, VERSTEHEN.
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"No; he understands, he understood!" Dolly broke in.
If you say the same thing to a child who does not yet know the word "motor," but does know the other words you are using, you produce a feeling of anxiety and doubt you will have to point and say, "There, that's a motor." After that the child will roughly understand the word "motor," though he may include trains and steam-rollers If this is the first time the child has heard the word "motor," he may for a long time continue to recall this scene when he hears the word.
The effects of a word that we understand are always mnemic phenomena in the sense explained in Lecture IV, in so far as they are identical with, or similar to, the effects which the object itself might have.
And by images I mean, in the first place, shadows, and in the second place, reflections in water and in solid, smooth and polished bodies and the like: Do you understand?
Then I will try again; you will understand me better when I have made some preliminary remarks.
"Exactly so, your Majesty" replied the other, bowing; "so it will be impossible for us to understand one another."
"Your Majesty forgets that I cannot understand you," replied the Pumpkinhead.
"Can't you understand why I am here?" she cried passionately.
"Yes; it's true because you don't understand such a poor joke; if you did, you'd be no wiser than they are."
I ardently desired to understand them, and bent every faculty towards that purpose, but found it utterly impossible.
You who are so pure can never understand being so carried away by passion.
An' they was wishin' somebody could make you understand, only they didn't know who could; an' I was outside the winder, an' I says ter myself right away, 'By Jinks, I'll do it!' An' I come--an' have I made ye understand?"