apperception

play
noun ap·per·cep·tion \-ˈsep-shən\

Definition of apperception

  1. 1 :  introspective self-consciousness

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

apperceptive

play \-ˈsep-tiv\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of apperception

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


First Known Use: 1753


Medical Dictionary

apperception

play
noun ap·per·cep·tion \-ˈsep-shən\

Medical Definition of apperception

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

apperceptive

\-ˈsep-tiv\play adjective

Learn More about apperception


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up apperception? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to glide in or as if in an airplane

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!