- 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 perceptions
So he was saying: We have these perceptions on the parts of blacks and cops, and we need to deal with them.Memo to Cops: Criticisms Aren’t Attacks
December 28, 2014
Their results showed classical and rock had no impact on perceptions of meal quality.Jazz (The Music of Coffee and Donuts) Has Respect, But It Needs Love
June 15, 2014
Is it possible that her bad experience with her adult student fatefully colored her perceptions of her interaction with Kopin?Exclusive: Brown University Student Speaks Out on What It’s Like to Be Accused of Rape
June 8, 2014
These perceptions are as equally damning as the lack of sleep itself, Winter says.6 Sleep Myths to Finally Put to Bed
March 23, 2014
For anyone to suggest that we as a society have moved past our perceptions about people of color and even women is just wrong.Why Do Black and White Americans See the Zimmerman Verdict So Differently?
Sophia A. Nelson
July 14, 2013
Allis Porter's perceptions had been developed to an extraordinary degree.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
We may observe a like distinction to run through all the other perceptions of the mind.
It is in the union of these two perceptions that his resemblance to Michael Angelo lies.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
But we lose the perceptions before we are capable of methodizing or comparing them.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
The perceptions of a public are as subtly-sighted as its passions are blind.
- 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 perceptions
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.