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apperception

[ap-er-sep-shuh n]
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noun Psychology.
  1. conscious perception.
  2. the act or process of apperceiving.
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Origin of apperception

1745–55; (< F) < New Latin (Leibnitz) apperceptiōn-, stem of apperceptiō. See ap-1, perception
Related formsap·per·cep·tive, adjectiveap·per·cep·tive·ly, adverbpre·ap·per·cep·tion, nounun·ap·per·cep·tive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for apperception

Historical Examples

  • The line of use, by habit of apperception, becomes the line of beauty.

    The Sense of Beauty

    George Santayana

  • Apperception, 96 et seq.Arabic inscriptions as ornament, 195.

    The Sense of Beauty

    George Santayana

  • The "a priori unity of apperception" is an unreality compared with this reality.

    The Complex Vision

    John Cowper Powys

  • In this case the apperception is soon completed; it does not give enough to do.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine

    John Frederick Herbart

  • And this requires a higher grade and greater facility of apperception.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine

    John Frederick Herbart


British Dictionary definitions for apperception

apperception

noun psychol
  1. the attainment of full awareness of a sensation or idea
  2. the act or process of apperceiving
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Derived Formsapperceptive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for apperception

n.

1753, from French aperception (17c.), from German Apperzeption (or Latin apperceptionem), coined by German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) as noun corresponding to French apercevoir "perceive, notice, become aware of" (11c., from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + percipere; see perceive) on analogy of Perzeption/percevoir.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

apperception in Medicine

apperception

(ăp′ər-sĕpshən)
n.
  1. Conscious perception with full awareness.comprehension
  2. The process of understanding by which newly observed qualities of an object are related to past experience.
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Related formsap′per•ceptive (-sĕptĭv) adj.
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