perception

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 /pəˈsepʃən/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
per•cep•tion /pɚˈsɛpʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the act or ability of perceiving: [uncountable]my perception of her hostility; demonstrated keen perception in their ability to solve problems;
    depth perception. [countable] Perceptions change when you get to know people better.
See -cep-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
per•cep•tion  (pər sepshən), 
n. 
  1. the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind;
    cognition;
    understanding.
  2. immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities;
    insight;
    intuition;
    discernment:an artist of rare perception.
  3. the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving;
    percept.
  4. Psychology[Psychol.]a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.
  5. Law[Law.]the taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.
Etymology:
  • Latin perceptiōn- (stem of perceptiō) comprehension, literally, a taking in. See percept, -ion
  • Old French percepcïon)
  • Middle English percepcioun ( 1350–1400
per•ception•al, adj. 
1 . awareness, sense, recognition.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

perception /pəˈsɛpʃən/ n
  1. the act or the effect of perceiving
  2. insight or intuition gained by perceiving
  3. the ability or capacity to perceive
  4. way of perceiving; awareness or consciousness; view: advertising affects the customer's perception of a product
  5. the process by which an organism detects and interprets information from the external world by means of the sensory receptors
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin perceptiō comprehension; see perceive

perˈceptional adj



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