[ap-er-sep-shuh n]
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Origin of apperception

1745–55; (< F) < New Latin (Leibnitz) apperceptiōn-, stem of apperceptiō. See ap-1, perception
Related formsap·per·cep·tive, adjectiveap·per·cep·tive·ly, adverbpre·ap·per·cep·tion, nounun·ap·per·cep·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of apperceptive

  • Nature, its organization the source of apperceptive forms, 152 et seq.

    The Sense of Beauty

    George Santayana

  • It is, in modern terms, an apperceptive basis for all instruction.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine

    John Frederick Herbart

  • Indefiniteness in the apperceptive masses results in the even movement of apperception.

  • The "apperceptive mass" is really the "character" or "human nature" of the individual.

    The Psychology of Salesmanship

    William Walker Atkinson

  • The apperceptive expectancy, practically nil in the reading of nonsense material, must be decidedly deficient in all poor reading.

British Dictionary definitions for apperceptive


noun psychol
  1. the attainment of full awareness of a sensation or idea
  2. the act or process of apperceiving
Derived Formsapperceptive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for apperceptive



1753, from French aperception (17c.), from German Apperzeption (or Latin apperceptionem), coined by German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) as noun corresponding to French apercevoir "perceive, notice, become aware of" (11c., from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + percipere; see perceive) on analogy of Perzeption/percevoir.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

apperceptive in Medicine


  1. Conscious perception with full awareness.comprehension
  2. The process of understanding by which newly observed qualities of an object are related to past experience.
Related formsap′per•ceptive (-sĕptĭv) adj.
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