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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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Historical Examples

  • From our percepts all of our higher concepts and ideas are formed.

    Your Mind and How to Use It

    William Walker Atkinson

  • These are the percepts which the ego presents to the Thinker's consciousness.

    The Mystery of Space

    Robert T. Browne

  • They are man's percepts and concepts; they are his facts, his environment.

  • Sentences are the signs of judgments or reasons, just as words are the signs of percepts or concepts.

    Training the Teacher

    A. F. Schauffler

  • Appears to possess a duality of cognitions, of percepts and of percipient.

British Dictionary definitions for percepts


  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

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



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

percepts 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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