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[ap-er-sep-shuh n] /ˌæp ərˈsɛp ʃən/
noun, Psychology.
conscious perception.
the act or process of apperceiving.
Origin of apperception
1745-55; (< F) < New Latin (Leibnitz) apperceptiōn-, stem of apperceptiō. See ap-1, perception
Related forms
apperceptive, adjective
apperceptively, adverb
preapperception, noun
unapperceptive, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for apperceptive
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  • Somehow "apperceptive masses" are stirred that will assist in getting hold of the new subject.

    How We Think John Dewey
  • Nature, its organization the source of apperceptive forms, 152 et seq.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • It is the synthetic, or apperceptive, activity of the mind that gives the “seven-league boots” to genius.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • The "apperceptive mass" is really the "character" or "human nature" of the individual.

    The Psychology of Salesmanship William Walker Atkinson
  • The beauty of landscape, the forms of religion and science, the types of human nature itself, are due to this apperceptive gift.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • The apperceptive expectancy, practically nil in the reading of nonsense material, must be decidedly deficient in all poor reading.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • The wide plain, the river hurrying between green banks—no apperceptive background fails thus far in the picture.

    Vocal Expression Katherine Jewell Everts
  • Dewey realizes that his act of intelligence is similar to Kant's 'apperceptive unity.'

    John Dewey's logical theory Delton Thomas Howard
  • It is, in modern terms, an apperceptive basis for all instruction.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine John Frederick Herbart
  • The first curiosity may be called objective, or sensuous, the second subjective, or apperceptive.

British Dictionary definitions for apperceptive


noun (psychol)
the attainment of full awareness of a sensation or idea
the act or process of apperceiving
Derived Forms
apperceptive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for apperceptive



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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apperceptive in Medicine

apperception ap·per·cep·tion (āp'ər-sěp'shən)

  1. Conscious perception with full awareness. Also called comprehension.

  2. The process of understanding by which newly observed qualities of an object are related to past experience.

ap'per·cep'tive (-sěp'tĭv) adj.
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