- the act or faculty of perceiving, or apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.
- immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment: an artist of rare perception.
- the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; percept.
- Psychology. a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.
- Law. the taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.
Origin of perception
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Examples from the Web for perception
His hero, Bruce Springsteen, is a gazillionaire, but he still manages to come across as a regular guy, so perception is reality.Will Chris Christie Regret His Cowboy Hug?
January 5, 2015
Clinton is further back in history, and there is a perception that back then everything was rainbows and sunshine and gumdrops.How A Jeb Bush Candidacy Would Hurt Chris Christie And Shake Up The 2016 GOP Field
December 16, 2014
That perception is false and often reflects not just ignorance but also elitism and racism.Forget the Kids Who Can’t Get In; What About Those Who Don’t Even Apply?
December 9, 2014
Their interest, as ever, is in pushing the perception that Washington is dysfunctional.Inside the Democrats’ Godawful Midterm Election Wipeout
November 5, 2014
It was negative, and very personal, and most of it was probably my own perception of things.Ron Perlman's Secret Suicide Attempt
October 28, 2014
But the perception of "how to do it" is precisely what most of us have been acquiring.The Conquest of Fear
"He did; but—" and Crane looked at Faust, with patient toleration of his lack of perception.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
He could detect a design upon it when nobody else had any perception of the fact.
If it had a new meaning that smote him to the heart, the change was in his perception, not in her.
The moment Charley's logical faculty was excited his perception was impartial.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- 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; viewadvertising 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
- law the collection, receipt, or taking into possession of rents, crops, etc
Word Origin and History for perception
late 14c., "receiving, collection," from Latin perceptionem (nominative perceptio) "perception, apprehension, a taking," from percipere "perceive" (see perceive). First used in the more literal sense of the Latin word; in secondary sense, "the taking cognizance of," it is recorded in English from 1610s. Meaning "intuitive or direct recognition of some innate quality" is from 1827.
- The process, act, or faculty of perceiving.
- Recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory.