[ per-sep-shuhn ]
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  1. the act or faculty of perceiving, or apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.

  2. immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment: an artist of rare perception.

  1. the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; percept.

  2. Psychology. a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.

  3. Law. the taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.

Origin of perception

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English percepcioun, from Old French percepcïon, from Latin perceptiōn-, stem of perceptiō “comprehension,” literally, “a taking in”; see percept, -ion

Other words for perception

Other words from perception

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use perception in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for perception


/ (pəˈsɛpʃən) /

  1. the act or the effect of perceiving

  2. insight or intuition gained by perceiving

  1. the ability or capacity to perceive

  2. way of perceiving; awareness or consciousness; view: advertising affects the customer's perception of a product

  3. the process by which an organism detects and interprets information from the external world by means of the sensory receptors

  4. law the collection, receipt, or taking into possession of rents, crops, etc

Origin of perception

C15: from Latin perceptiō comprehension; see perceive

Derived forms of perception

  • perceptional, adjective

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