Definition of perception
2 obsolete : consciousness
3a : awareness of the elements of environment through physical sensation color perceptionb : physical sensation interpreted in the light of experience
perceptionalplay \pər-ˈsep-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of perception in a sentence
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
Some drugs cause blurred vision and changes in color perception, or increased tears. —Sallie Tisdale, Harper's, June 2007
The urge of these acolytes is not dramatic but mercantile—to traduce all personal history, to subvert all perception or insight, into gain, or the hope of gain. —David Mamet, Jafsie and John Henry Essays, 1999
Everything is research for the sake of erudition. No one is taught to value himself for nice perception and cultivated taste. —Robert Frost, letter, 2 Jan. 1915
a writer of considerable perception, she remembers how it feels to be confused and insecure
a growing perception of the enormity of the problem
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There is, for example, a widespread perception that European citizens are flocking to Britain, especially from Eastern Europe, to take advantage of its social welfare system.
His library includes books on Tibetan Buddhism, Sanskrit, paleontology, and the history of perception.
Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said the Broncos felt disrespected by the perception that their secondary could not cover Julian Edelman or Rob Gronkowski, that Brady would shred it.
These cases have had little of the impact that the arrests of Mr. Rajaratnam and others over six years ago had on the public perception of how the government is policing the markets.
McCleave thought herself on safe ground—and ran afoul of the gender biases that tend to permeate our perceptions on a fundamental level, female or no.
Or the giver may mis-perceive the receiver's perception of the giver's true feeling and be displeased.
Do your perceptions of your own inadequacies come vividly to life?
The same goes for stocks, but the gyrations in public perception can be even more dramatic, with prices of equities sometimes multiplying and dividing by several factors per day.
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Origin and Etymology of perception
Latin perception-, perceptio act of perceiving, from percipere —see perceive
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of perception
PERCEPTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of perception for English Language Learners
: 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
PERCEPTION Defined for Kids
Definition of perception for Students
1 : a judgment resulting from awareness or understanding Visiting the beautiful park changed her perception of the city.
2 : the ability to understand (as meanings and ideas) He's a child of remarkable perception.
3 : understanding or awareness gained through the use of the senses depth perception
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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