ap·​per·​cep·​tion | \-ˈsep-shən \

Definition of apperception 

1 : introspective self-consciousness

2 : mental perception especially : the process of understanding something perceived in terms of previous experience

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apperceptive \-​ˈsep-​tiv \ adjective

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With Teddy pinned and screaming, the lab tech maxes out his bulk apperception, aggression, and cruelty, among other bellicose traits, while erasing his likable attributes, such as empathy and imagination. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 5: More Dead Than Alive," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of apperception

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apperception

French aperception, from apercevoir, from Middle French aperceivre, from a- (from Latin ad-) + perceivre to perceive

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ap·​per·​cep·​tion | \-ˈsep-shən \

Medical Definition of apperception 

: mental perception especially : the process of understanding something perceived in terms of previous experience — compare assimilation sense 3

Other Words from apperception

apperceptive \-​ˈsep-​tiv \ adjective

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