• (noun): The quality or condition of one who understands; comprehension.
  • (noun): The faculty by which one understands; intelligence. See Synonyms at reason.
  • (noun): Individual or specified judgment or outlook; opinion.
  • (noun): A compact implicit between two or more people or groups.
  • (noun): The matter implicit in such a compact.
  • (noun): A reconciliation of differences; a state of agreement: They finally reached an understanding.
  • (noun): A disposition to appreciate or share the feelings and thoughts of others; sympathy.
  • (adjective): Characterized by or having comprehension, good sense, or discernment.
  • (adjective): Compassionate; sympathetic.

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  • (noun): the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination; "we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"
  • (noun): an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion; "his sympathies were always with the underdog"; "I knew I could count on his understanding"
  • (noun): the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"; "there was an understanding between management and the workers"
  • (noun): the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
  • (adjective): characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy; "an understanding friend"

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Understanding 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 that are sufficient to support intelligent behaviour.Understanding is often, though not always, related to learning concepts, and sometimes also the theory or theories associated with those concepts. However, a person may have a good ability to predict the behaviour of an object, animal or system—and therefore may, in some sense, understand it—without necessarily being familiar with the concepts or theories associated with that object, animal or system in their culture. They may have developed their own distinct concepts and theories, which may be equivalent, better or worse than the recognised standard concepts and theories of their culture. Thus, understanding is correlated with the ability to make inferences.

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  • ’ Nay, for the cause of ‘understanding’ also, they say the thing understood sendeth forth an ‘intelligible species, ’ that is, an ‘intelligible being seen, ’ which, coming into the understanding, makes us understand.

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  • This understanding is the basis of the peace process.

  • If my understanding is accurate, I do not understand how

  • In their model, they've made an assumption of what deficits do to the interest rate, and my understanding is they're assuming a relatively significant impact.

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