noun per·cep·tion \pər-ˈsep-shən\

: the way you think about or understand someone or something

: the ability to understand or notice something easily

: the way that you notice or understand something using one of your senses

Full Definition of PERCEPTION

a :  a result of perceiving :  observation (see perceive)
b :  a mental image :  concept
obsolete :  consciousness
a :  awareness of the elements of environment through physical sensation <color perception>
b :  physical sensation interpreted in the light of experience
a :  quick, acute, and intuitive cognition :  appreciation
b :  a capacity for comprehension
per·cep·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of PERCEPTION

  1. <a writer of considerable perception, she remembers how it feels to be confused and insecure>
  2. <a growing perception of the enormity of the problem>
  3. It is ironic that the impact of smoking on nonsmokers, rather than on smokers themselves, is what finally transformed the regulation and cultural perception of the cigarette. —Allan M. Brandt, The Cigarette Century, 2007


Latin perception-, perceptio act of perceiving, from percipere (see perceive)
First Known Use: 14th century

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noun per·cep·tion \pər-ˈsep-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PERCEPTION

:  awareness of the elements of environment through physical sensation <color perception> <some sensation of perception of the extremity after amputation is felt by 98% of patients—Orthopedics & Traumatic Surgery>—compare sensation 1a


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