Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The object of perception.
  • n. A mental impression of something perceived by the senses, viewed as the basic component in the formation of concepts; a sense datum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is perceived.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The immediate object in perception, in the sense in which that word is used by modern psychologists.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept

Etymologies

From Latin perceptum, neuter past participle of percipere, to perceive; see perceive.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin perceptum, neuter of perceptus ("perceived"), past participle of percipere ("to perceive"); see perceive. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It consists in intermediary experiences (possible, if not actual) of continuously developing progress, and, finally, of fulfillment, when the sensible percept, which is the object, is reached.

    Neutral Monism

  • We might say that the percept is the mind's immediate image of a thing or quality, and the concept is the result of the storing up and grouping and recombining of percepts.

    Applied Psychology for Nurses

  • The true distinction between a _percept_ and a _concept_ is just that a percept is a concept associated with the dynamic system discovered in and by our exertional activity.

    Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge

  • Incidentally, it may be remarked that the Pragmatist, in common with the Sensist, this time, fails to distinguish between a percept, which is particular and contingent, and an idea or concept, which is universal and necessary.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • It consists in intermediary experiences (possible, if not actual) of continuously developing progress, and, finally, of fulfilment, when the sensible percept which is the object is reached.

    Meaning of Truth

  • And the conceptual process, though allied to and often taking its point of departure from the percept, represents a different mode of experience, a different way of apprehending the universe.

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  • And now it's a little harder to sort of change the percept among voters.

    Obama Promotes Energy Projects, Economy

  • As the site explains, political factors account for fifty percept of the ranking, and here America ranks high and is, according to Arbenz why we rank as high as 16.

    Richard Geldard: America a Leading Democracy?

  • But beyond that resolution, your eyes will find difficulties to percept higher resolutions.

    Blu-ray: Do Consumers Care? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • A story--even one told in pictures--is not a visual percept that could be completed in anything like that strict, definitive sense.

    Archive 2010-02-07

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