Definition of percept in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəːsɛpt/


1An object of perception; something that is perceived.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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