Definition of percept in English:


Syllabification: per·cept
Pronunciation: /ˈpərsept


  • 1An object of perception; something that is perceived.
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    • Anyway, the idea of the percept is secondary to the idea that there exists in art works forces that are outside of our control, so-called ‘lines of flight’ that resist inscription, stratification, capture.
    • These standardized percepts may also be described as visual continuants.
    • Smells and tastes are percepts that do not exist outside of the human observer, however, so an analysis of wine judgment that emphasises only chemosensory properties is incomplete.
  • 1.1A mental concept that is developed as a consequence of the process of perception.
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    • This is so because although information concerning the external world is received and processed through our senses, the resulting percepts and mental activities remain entirely private within one's own consciousness.
    • As a psychological function, sensation is the means by which we process in consciousness the evidence of our senses and build up percepts of our world.
    • I may be perceptually blind, but not all scientists will be, and out of this fact arises the possibility of new percepts and paradigms.


mid 19th century: from Latin perceptum 'something perceived', neuter past participle of percipere 'seize, understand', on the pattern of concept.

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