Meaning of PERCEPTION in English

PERCEPTION

/ pəˈsepʃn; NAmE pərˈs-/ noun

1.

[ U ] ( formal or technical ) the way you notice things, especially with the senses :

our perception of reality

visual perception

—see also extrasensory perception

2.

[ U ] ( formal ) the ability to understand the true nature of sth

SYN insight :

She showed great perception in her assessment of the family situation.

3.

[ U , C ] perception (that ... ) ( formal ) an idea, a belief or an image you have as a result of how you see or understand sth :

a campaign to change public perception of the police

There is a general public perception that standards in schools are falling.

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from Latin perceptio(n-) , from the verb percipere seize, understand, from per- entirely + capere take.

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