WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
per•cep•tion /pɚˈsɛpʃən/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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.
(pər sep′shən), n.
- the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind;
- immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities;
discernment:an artist of rare perception.
- the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving;
- Psychology[Psychol.]a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.
- Law[Law.]the taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.
1 . awareness, sense, recognition.
- Latin perceptiōn- (stem of perceptiō) comprehension, literally, a taking in. See percept, -ion
- Old French percepcïon)
- Middle English percepcioun ( 1350–1400
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perception /pəˈsɛpʃən/ n
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin perceptiō comprehension; see perceiveperˈceptional adj
- 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; view: advertising 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
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