ap·​per·​cep·​tion | \ ˌa-pər-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce apperception (audio) \

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 \ ˌa-​pər-​ˈsep-​tiv How to pronounce apperception (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web The beautiful prose serves as a reminder of our ever-present love and apperception for dads everywhere. Jorie Nicole Mcdonald, Southern Living, "Father's Day Poems to Show Your Love and Appreciation," 28 May 2020 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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“Apperception.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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ap·​per·​cep·​tion | \ -ˈsep-shən How to pronounce apperception (audio) \

Medical Definition of apperception

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

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apperceptive \ -​ˈsep-​tiv How to pronounce apperception (audio) \ adjective

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