Understanding vs Witless - What's the difference?

understanding | witless |


As adjectives the difference between understanding and witless

is that understanding is showing compassion while witless is destitute of wit or understanding; wanting thought; hence, indiscreet; not under the guidance of judgment.

As a noun understanding

is (uncountable) mental, sometimes emotional process of comprehension, assimilation of knowledge, which is subjective by its nature.

As a verb understanding

is (understand).

understanding

Noun

  • (uncountable) Mental, sometimes emotional process of comprehension, assimilation of knowledge, which is subjective by its nature.
  • (countable) Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer.
  • (countable) Opinion, judgement or outlook.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The machine of a new soul , passage=The yawning gap in neuroscientists’ understanding of their topic is in the intermediate scale of the brain’s anatomy. Science has a passable knowledge of how individual nerve cells, known as neurons, work. It also knows which visible lobes and ganglia of the brain do what. But how the neurons are organised in these lobes and ganglia remains obscure.}}
  • (countable) An informal contract, mutual agreement.
  • (countable) A reconciliation of differences.
  • (uncountable) Sympathy.
  • All that people individually sense and feel of themselves.
  • See also

    * intellection

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Showing compassion.
  • Verb

    (head)
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: […];  […]; or perhaps to muse on the irrelevance of the borders that separate nation states and keep people from understanding their shared environment.}}

    witless

    English

    (Webster 1913)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Destitute of wit or understanding; wanting thought; hence, indiscreet; not under the guidance of judgment.
  • Usage notes

    * This term is frequently found in phrases such as (term), (term), and so on.