perceived

adjective
per·​ceived | \ pər-ˈsēvd How to pronounce perceived (audio) \

Definition of perceived

1 : regarded in a specified way used to say how something or someone is seen or thought ofa perceived threat [=something that is thought of as being a threat]In one widely held view, the dismaying distortions of so-called attack ads—negative advertising aimed at a political opponent's perceived weaknesses—have contributed to a spreading cynicism and apathy among American voters.— John Algeo and Adele Algeo
2 : recognized through the senses Pitch is a perceived quality of sound ordered on a scale from low to high.— Rita L. Atkinson et al.

First Known Use of perceived

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Perceived.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perceived. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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