One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In gestalt theory: a combination of the greatest possible simplicity, regularity, stability, and conformity to a meaningful or concisely definable context, that provides the criterion by which multiple sensory perceptions are unconsciously organized. "lawor ruleor principle of Prägnanz"noun the tendency for sensory perceptions to be organized in this manner.
1930s; earliest use found in American Journal of Psychology. From German Prägnanz, specifically use of Prägnanz conciseness, definiteness.
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