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
Recent Examples of perception from the Web
And the perception is a two-way street, by the way.
Silver also spoke about the perception of conference imbalance, and the notion of seeding the top 16 teams for the playoffs with no limitations based on conferences.
That perception appears to have taken a hit with an ESPN report suggesting Prescott used a machine to sign autographs for a memorabilia company.
Their perception is that the inner lips should be invisible, almost like a Barbie, but the reality is that there is a huge variation.
As the researchers noted, such perception proves damaging for young girls and can have lasting effects well into their adult lives.
For Diallo (and all Kentucky players in Calipari's care), this is reality and perception married for the sake of the improvement of both skills and stock.
But Austin has dealt with the perception that goes with being dismissed from Providence College and Oregon amid the allegations of sexual misconduct.
Philando Castile was a law-abiding gun owner and the gun lobby has never hesitated to gin up fury over even the perception of someone infringing on the rights of gun owners.
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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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