[per-sep-choo-uh l]


of, relating to, or involving perception.

Origin of perceptual

1875–80; percept + -ual, on the model of concept, conceptual
Related formsper·cep·tu·al·ly, adverbin·ter·per·cep·tu·al, adjectivein·ter·per·cep·tu·al·ly, adverbnon·per·cep·tu·al, adjectiveun·per·cep·tu·al, adjectiveun·per·cep·tu·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for perceptual

emotional, feeling, intuitive, visceral, emotive, noncognitive

Examples from the Web for perceptual

Contemporary Examples of perceptual

  • Those are the two poles in Judd interpretation: Judd as a radical conceptualist, and Judd as a maker of perceptual abstractions.

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    A Minimal Master Goes Messy

    Blake Gopnik

    March 22, 2012

  • Voit documents a perceptual anomaly and allows it to trick us—or not—without any representational manipulation.

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    This Is Not a Tree

    Philip Gefter

    January 7, 2010

Historical Examples of perceptual

British Dictionary definitions for perceptual



of or relating to perception
Derived Formsperceptually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for perceptual

1852; see percept + -al (1). Related: Perceptually.

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perceptual in Medicine




Of, based on, or involving perception.
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