WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
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 © 2017
per•cep•tion  (pər sepshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind;
  2. immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities;
    discernment:an artist of rare perception.
  3. the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving;
  4. Psychologya single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.
  5. Lawthe taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.
per•ception•al, adj. 
  • Latin perceptiōn- (stem of perceptiō) comprehension, literally, a taking in. See percept, -ion
  • Old French percepcïon)
  • Middle English percepcioun ( 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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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