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  1. the mental result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; an impression or sensation of something perceived.
  2. something that is perceived; the object of perception.
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Origin of percept

1830–40; < Latin perceptum something perceived, noun use of neuter of perceptus, past participle of percipere to perceive
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Related Words for percept

code, law, rule, etiquette, fashion, form, formality, habit, canon, understanding, precept, propriety, usage, custom, percept

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Historical Examples of percept

  • You look at a watch which I hold before your eyes and secure a percept of it.

    The Mind and Its Education

    George Herbert Betts

  • As we reflect and seek to correct this inadequacy, the percept changes on our hands.

    The Sense of Beauty

    George Santayana

  • The percept is, and remains, a private and an individual matter.

  • The percept has an aggressiveness which does not belong to the image.

    The Analysis of Mind

    Bertrand Russell

  • A percept is "that which is perceived; the object of the act of perception."

    Your Mind and How to Use It

    William Walker Atkinson

British Dictionary definitions for percept


  1. a concept that depends on recognition by the senses, such as sight, of some external object or phenomenon
  2. an object or phenomenon that is perceived
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Word Origin for percept

C19: from Latin perceptum, from percipere to perceive
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Word Origin and History for percept


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

percept in Medicine


  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.
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