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[per-sep-choo-uh l] /pərˈsɛp tʃu əl/
of, relating to, or involving perception.
Origin of perceptual
1875-80; percept + -ual, on the model of concept, conceptual
Related forms
perceptually, adverb
interperceptual, adjective
interperceptually, adverb
nonperceptual, adjective
unperceptual, adjective
unperceptually, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for perceptual
Contemporary Examples
  • Those are the two poles in Judd interpretation: Judd as a radical conceptualist, and Judd as a maker of perceptual abstractions.

  • Voit documents a perceptual anomaly and allows it to trick us—or not—without any representational manipulation.

Historical Examples
  • The perceptual image is likewise subject to similar limitations.

    The Mind and Its Education

    George Herbert Betts
  • It suggests the power of making what is called a "perceptual inference."

  • The ideal has no perceptual value; it has no status in the world of the senses.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • Shock and Awe impact on psychological, perceptual, and physical levels.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
  • This is as true when the field is conceptual as when it is perceptual.

  • And yet in the Hegelian logic, the movement is always away from the perceptual experience toward the higher realm of the Idee.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • These are my perceptual capital and my power of representation.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • We have to investigate the general character of these perceptual objects.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
British Dictionary definitions for perceptual


of or relating to perception
Derived Forms
perceptually, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for perceptual

1852; see percept + -al (1). Related: Perceptually.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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perceptual in Medicine

perceptual per·cep·tu·al (pər-sěp'chōō-əl)
Of, based on, or involving perception.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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