[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. percent,
  2. percent sign,
  3. percentage,
  4. percenter,
  5. percentile,
  6. perceptible,
  7. perception,
  8. perceptive,
  9. perceptively,
  10. perceptual

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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British Dictionary definitions for percept


/ (ˈpɜːsɛpt) /


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 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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Medicine definitions for percept


[ pûrsĕpt′ ]


The object of perception.
A mental impression of something perceived by the senses, viewed as the basic component in the formation of concepts.
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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