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[pur-sept] /ˈpɜr sɛpt/
the mental result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; an impression or sensation of something perceived.
something that is perceived; the object of perception.
Origin of percept
1830-40; < Latin perceptum something perceived, noun use of neuter of perceptus, past participle of percipere to perceive
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percept, precept. Unabridged
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a concept that depends on recognition by the senses, such as sight, of some external object or phenomenon
an object or phenomenon that is perceived
Word Origin
C19: from Latin perceptum, from percipere to perceive
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Word Origin and History for percept

1837, from Latin perceptum "(a thing) perceived," noun use of neuter past participle of percipere (see perceive). Formed on model of concept.

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percept in Medicine

percept per·cept (pûr'sěpt')

  1. The object of perception.

  2. A mental impression of something perceived by the senses, viewed as the basic component in the formation of concepts.

  3. In clinical psychology, a single unit of perceptual report, such as one of the responses to an inkblot in the Rorschach test.

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