[ ap-er-sep-shuhn ]
See synonyms for: apperceptionapperceptive on

  1. conscious perception

  2. the act or process of apperceiving.

Origin of apperception

First recorded in 1745–55; from French or directly from New Latin (Leibnitz) apperceptiōn-, stem of apperceptiō. See ap-1, perception

Other words from apperception

  • ap·per·cep·tive, adjective
  • ap·per·cep·tive·ly, adverb
  • pre·ap·per·cep·tion, noun
  • un·ap·per·cep·tive, adjective

Words Nearby apperception Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use apperception in a sentence

  • When we consider a perception as a case of "apperception," the same thing holds good.

  • There were, however, no transversal or direct communications from one apperception center to the next.

    The Brain | Alexander Blade
  • Would there be anybody else in this vast apperception area who worked for the prevention of war?

    The Brain | Alexander Blade
  • The flow of observations processed by The Brain and pouring back to apperception 36 via teletype and visual screen was prodigious.

    The Brain | Alexander Blade
  • Confronted with the realities, however, he discovered the tremendous difference between "hear say" and full sensual apperception.

    The Brain | Alexander Blade

British Dictionary definitions for apperception


/ (ˌæpəˈsɛpʃən) /

  1. the attainment of full awareness of a sensation or idea

  2. the act or process of apperceiving

Derived forms of apperception

  • apperceptive, adjective

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