[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

Examples from the Web for perceptually

Historical Examples of perceptually

  • The indispensableness to religion of the imagination is due to that faculty's power of realizing what is not perceptually present.

    The Approach to Philosophy

    Ralph Barton Perry

  • The bee may be only perceptually intelligent; the man who observes its action may or may not be conceptually intelligent.

  • Logically, this means that intelligence works conceptually, not perceptually alone.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts

  • Their relations are perceptually obvious at a glance, and no sense-verification is necessary.


    William James

British Dictionary definitions for perceptually



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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

perceptually in Medicine




Of, based on, or involving perception.
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