per·​cep·​tu·​al | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈsep-chə-wəl How to pronounce perceptual (audio) , -chəl, -shwəl \

Definition of perceptual

: of, relating to, or involving perception especially in relation to immediate sensory experience

Other Words from perceptual

perceptually adverb

Examples of perceptual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each of Rose’s films has explored how the perceptual experiences of human beings are shaped by the physical, social, economic, and technological structures that are particular to a certain time. The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2022 My office has a perceptual thinness to it—the surfaces seem empty. Michael W. Clune, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 On December 2021, Lesha Porche, an illustrator and graphic artist based in Florida, stumbled on an illusion that would become an online viral phenomenon and leave many perceptual experts scratching their heads. Scientific American, 15 Feb. 2022 Organic luminosity emanates the subtle vicissitudes of perceptual life, which enhances looking at art. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 That perceptual phenomenon, sometimes called joined perception, describes how the stimulation of one sense can lead to involuntary prompts in a second sense. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2022 By virtue of the fact that many signals are globally available throughout the brain, a recording device could be picking up signals about your sensory experience, your perceptual processes, your conscious cognition, your emotional states. Kelly Clancy, Wired, 10 Jan. 2022 The advantage here is that this decision-making captain can still function even if one of the underlying perceptual systems fails. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2021 This research shows that what perceptual hashing aims to achieve is difficult task with hard trade-offs. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of perceptual

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perceptual

percept + -ual (as in conceptual)

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“Perceptual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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per·​cep·​tu·​al | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈsep-chə(-wə)l, -ˈsepsh-wəl How to pronounce perceptual (audio) \

Medical Definition of perceptual

: of, relating to, or involving perception especially in relation to immediate sensory experience auditory perceptual deficits

Other Words from perceptual

perceptually \ -​ē How to pronounce perceptual (audio) \ adverb

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