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per·cep·tion  audio  (pr-spshn) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The process, act, or faculty of perceiving.
  2. The effect or product of perceiving.
  3. Psychology
    1. Recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory.
    2. The neurological processes by which such recognition and interpretation are effected.
    1. Insight, intuition, or knowledge gained by perceiving.
    2. The capacity for such insight.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English percepcioun, from Old French percepcion, from Latin percepti, perceptin-, from perceptus, past participle of percipere, to perceive ; see perceive

OTHER FORMS:
per·ception·al(Adjective)


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