the act or faculty of perceiving, or apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.
immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment: an artist of rare perception.
the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; percept.
Psychology. a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.
Law. the taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.
- per·cep·tion·al, adjective
- non·per·cep·tion, noun
- non·per·cep·tion·al, adjective
- re·per·cep·tion, noun
- self-per·cep·tion, noun
- un·per·cep·tion·al, adjective
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How to use perception in a sentence
Bourla acknowledged that the late October date, coming right before the election, created the perception of political involvement, which could undermine confidence in the vaccine.Pfizer’s Albert Bourla: Vaccine efforts are improving Big Pharma’s reputation | Alan Murray | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
Over the past three decades, public perceptions of information technology have taken some wild turns.The race for a COVID-19 vaccine shows the power of ‘community intelligence’ | matthewheimer | September 9, 2020 | Fortune
I do think, however, there is a perception among people in street organizations that the police are not doing their job.What Can Mayors Do When the Police Stop Doing Their Jobs? | by Alec MacGillis | September 3, 2020 | ProPublica
The perception was that most absentee voters were Republicans, so Democrats focused on Election Day voters, and getting them to the polls.GOP Chair Who Called Mail Voting ‘Fraught With Danger’ Voted by Mail 22 Straight Times | Andrew Keatts | August 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Businesses and corporate institutions also yield significant influence in shaping policies and public perceptions around LGBTQ issues.
His hero, Bruce Springsteen, is a gazillionaire, but he still manages to come across as a regular guy, so perception is reality.
Clinton is further back in history, and there is a perception that back then everything was rainbows and sunshine and gumdrops.How A Jeb Bush Candidacy Would Hurt Chris Christie And Shake Up The 2016 GOP Field | David Freedlander | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That perception is false and often reflects not just ignorance but also elitism and racism.Forget the Kids Who Can’t Get In; What About Those Who Don’t Even Apply? | Jonah Edelman | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Their interest, as ever, is in pushing the perception that Washington is dysfunctional.Inside the Democrats’ Godawful Midterm Election Wipeout | Michael Tomasky | November 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was negative, and very personal, and most of it was probably my own perception of things.
Here, as in so many of these childish admirations, we have to do not with a purely æsthetic perception.Children's Ways | James Sully
Yet, if one looks closely, under the froth and foppery, some of the charm and perception of the man still shines through.A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope | Colley Cibber
With children of finer perception the transition to a correct profile view may be carried much further.Children's Ways | James Sully
Born on March 29, 1769, he early distinguished himself by his precocity and his quickness of perception.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Forcing himself to believe that he had been the victim of some kind of illusory perception, he vigorously restrained his feelings.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for perception
the act or the effect of perceiving
insight or intuition gained by perceiving
the ability or capacity to perceive
way of perceiving; awareness or consciousness; view: advertising affects the customer's perception of a product
the process by which an organism detects and interprets information from the external world by means of the sensory receptors
law the collection, receipt, or taking into possession of rents, crops, etc
- perceptional, adjective
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