per·​cep·​tu·​al | \(ˌ)pər-ˈsep-chə-wəl, -chəl, -shwəl\

Definition of perceptual 

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

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Other Words from perceptual

perceptually adverb

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The term was coined in the 1960s by the perceptual psychologist James J. Gibson and has since been given two related but distinct definitions. New York Times, "Take a Photo Here," 27 June 2018 While these are largely well-known perceptual tricks, the internet has shifted real social dynamics by showing visible disagreement amongst broad swaths of society and competing visions of reality. An Xiao Mina, The Atlantic, "That Merkel Photo Is More Like a Meme Than a Renaissance Painting," 11 June 2018 Like James Turrell and Helen Pashgian of California’s Light and Space movement of the 1960s and ’70s, her aim is perceptual. Cate Mcquaid,, "Elaine Buckholtz’s presences on a wall," 2 May 2018 The pharma industry faces perceptual and political dynamics similar to what the chemical industry faced back then. Craig Martin, STAT, "Pharma should take a tip from the chemical industry to stem the outrage over drug pricing," 10 May 2018 The amounts are sub-perceptual, without the seeing-stuff side effects. Simone Kitchens, The Cut, "Microdosing’s Micromoment," 3 May 2018 But their perceptual measures during those two trials, measured at six different time points, were essentially identical. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "The Psychological Side of Heat Exhaustion," 23 Apr. 2018 There are perceptual illusions, for example, in which white subjects perceive black faces as angrier than white faces with the same expression. Keith Payne, Scientific American, "How to Think about "Implicit Bias"," 27 Mar. 2018 The flood tide of performances, publications, recordings and events from all corners of the world (including, this summer and beyond, at Ravinia) during the 2018 Bernstein centennial celebration promises to correct this perceptual imbalance. John Von Rhein,, "Lyric Opera offers up a sweet celebration of Bernstein at 100," 11 Mar. 2018

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

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 \ adverb

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