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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
Can be confused
percept, precept. Unabridged
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  • Concepts must be reduced to percepts, after which the same rule holds.

  • These are the percepts which the ego presents to the Thinker's consciousness.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • It is, indeed, these reproductions which are supposed to constitute the substantial background of our percepts.

    Illusions James Sully
  • If this be so of percepts, how much more so of higher modes of thought!

    The Meaning of Truth William James
  • They are man's percepts and concepts; they are his facts, his environment.

  • This world, just like the world of percepts, comes to us at first as a chaos of experiences, but lines of order soon get traced.

  • All the common nouns are concepts just as all proper nouns are percepts.

    Training the Teacher A. F. Schauffler
  • Your Memorial Hall and mine, even when both are percepts, are wholly out of connection with each other.

  • We shall still be perceiving, but what we perceive will be concepts rather than percepts, as at present.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • We thus go up from particulars to generals; from percepts to concepts; from lower concepts to higher concepts.

    The Art of Logical Thinking William Walker Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for percepts


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for percepts



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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percepts 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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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