Definition of Perception

1. Noun. The representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept.

2. Noun. A way of conceiving something. "Luther had a new perception of the Bible"

3. Noun. The process of perceiving.

4. Noun. Knowledge gained by perceiving. "A man admired for the depth of his perception"
Generic synonyms: Cognition, Knowledge, Noesis
Specialized synonyms: Discernment, Perceptiveness, Insight, Penetration, Cognizance

5. Noun. Becoming aware of something via the senses.
Exact synonyms: Sensing
Generic synonyms: Sensory Activity
Specialized synonyms: Look, Looking, Looking At, Hearing, Listening, Lipreading, Taste, Tasting, Smell, Smelling
Derivative terms: Perceive, Perceptual, Sense

Definition of Perception

1. n. The act of perceiving; cognizance by the senses or intellect; apperhension by the bodily organs, or by the mind, of what is presented to them; discernment; apperhension; cognition.

Definition of Perception

1. Noun. Conscious understanding of something. ¹

2. Noun. Vision (''ability'') ¹

3. Noun. Acuity ¹

4. Noun. (''cognition'') That which is detected by the five senses; not necessarily understood (imagine looking through fog, trying to understand if you see a small dog or a cat); also that which is detected within consciousness as a thought, intuition, deduction, etc. ¹

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Definition of Perception

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Medical Definition of Perception

1. The conscious mental registration of a sensory stimulus. Origin: L. Percipere = to take in completely This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Perception

percentile dice
percept analysis
perception (current term)
perceptive deafness
perceptual closure

Literary usage of Perception

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"perception and training. Development of spatial arrangements in the course of ... Physiological conditions of visual perception. Psychological statement. ..."

2. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1849)
"OF perception. 2. Is only when the mind receives the impression.—What perception is, every one will know better by reflecting on what he does himself, ..."

3. An essay concerning human understanding by John Locke (1823)
"perception, as it is the first faculty of the mind, exercised about our ideas ; so it is ... For in bare naked perception, the mind is, for the most part, ..."

4. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David Hume (1890)
"The for' per- perception consists of parts. These parts are so situated as ^ti^°. m to afford us the notion of distance and contiguity, of length, ..."

5. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1902)
"THE perception OF MOVEMENT. La perception des mouvements par le moyen des ... Bourdon discusses the delicacy of the perception of movement with the eye when ..."

6. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1902)
"The relative independence of these two groups of perception is easily shown ... The perception of colors is retinal, which is not the case with the visual ..."

7. The American Journal of Psychology by Edward Bradford ( Titchener, Granville Stanley Hall (1922)
"We conclude that the perception of the length of vertically whipped rods ... In addition, the most important items of experience for the perception and ..."

8. The Principles of Psychology by William James (1908)
"SENSATION AND perception DISTINGUISHED. The words Sensation and perception do not carry very definitely discriminated meanings in popular speech, ..."

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