from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Conscious perception with full awareness.
- n. The process of understanding by which newly observed qualities of an object are related to past experience.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The mind's perception of itself as the subject or actor in its own states, unifying past and present experiences; self-consciousness, perception that reflects upon itself.
- n. Psychological or mental perception; recognition.
- n. The general process or a particular act of mental assimilation of new experience into the totality of one's past experience.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The mind's perception of itself as the subject or actor in its own states; perception that reflects upon itself; sometimes, intensified or energetic perception.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That act of the mind by which it becomes conscious of its ideas as its own; perception (which see) with the added consciousness that it is “I” who perceive.
- n. Hence, by a slight modification
- n. With Kant and most English writers, an act of voluntary consciousness, accompanied with self-consciousness: especially in the phrase pure apperception.
- n. In the psychology of Herbart (1776–1841), the coalescence of the remainder of a new isolated idea with an older one, by a modification of one or the other.
- n. Apprehension; recognition.
- n. In Wundt's psychology, the process whereby a perception or idea attains to clearness in consciousness; also, the introspective contents of this process, that is, the clear idea itself and the changes resulting in consciousness from the induction of the attentive state.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the process whereby perceived qualities of an object are related to past experience
New Latin apperceptiō, apperceptiōn- : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin perceptiō, perception; see perception.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French aperception (modern Latin apperceptio, used by Gottfried Leibnitz (1646-1716)). (Wiktionary)