[ per-sep-shuhn ]

/ pərˈsɛp ʃən /

noun

the act or faculty of perceiving, or apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.

immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment: an artist of rare perception.

the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; percept.

Psychology. a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.

Law. the taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.

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Origin of perception

1350–1400; Middle English percepcioun

(Old French

percepcïon

) Latin

perceptiōn-

(stem of

perceptiō

) comprehension, literally, a taking in. See

percept

,

-ionRelated forms

per·cep·tion·al, adjectivenon·per·cep·tion, nounnon·per·cep·tion·al, adjectivere·per·cep·tion, noun

self-per·cep·tion, nounun·per·cep·tion·al, adjective

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Examples from the Web for perception

  • His hero, Bruce Springsteen, is a gazillionaire, but he still manages to come across as a regular guy, so perception is reality.

  • Clinton is further back in history, and there is a perception that back then everything was rainbows and sunshine and gumdrops.

  • That perception is false and often reflects not just ignorance but also elitism and racism.

  • Their interest, as ever, is in pushing the perception that Washington is dysfunctional.

  • It was negative, and very personal, and most of it was probably my own perception of things.

  • The perception of manifoldness is Maya or illusion, says a modern pro-Hindu writer.

  • Perhaps Jenny’s concern with it kept her from the perception that not Glenfernie only was changing or had changed.

  • The sort of laugh which expresses uncertainty of perception and conditional approval went up.

  • Mr Burrow proves himself an artist with many sides to his perception.

  • There is not first a stimulus, then perception, then response; these processes are supplementary, not separate.

British Dictionary definitions for perception

perception

noun

the act or the effect of perceiving

insight or intuition gained by perceiving

the ability or capacity to perceive

way of perceiving; awareness or consciousness; viewadvertising affects the customer’s perception of a product

the process by which an organism detects and interprets information from the external world by means of the sensory receptors

law the collection, receipt, or taking into possession of rents, crops, etc

Derived Formsperceptional, adjective

Word Origin for perception

C15: from Latin perceptiō comprehension; see perceive

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Word Origin and History for perception

perception

n.

late 14c., “receiving, collection,” from Latin perceptionem (nominative perceptio) “perception, apprehension, a taking,” from percipere “perceive” (see perceive). First used in the more literal sense of the Latin word; in secondary sense, “the taking cognizance of,” it is recorded in English from 1610s. Meaning “intuitive or direct recognition of some innate quality” is from 1827.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for perception

perception

n.

The process, act, or faculty of perceiving.

Recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory.

The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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