Definition of percept in US English:



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

    • ‘These standardized percepts may also be described as visual continuants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From the openness of our task-directed lives, we see things as percepts without structure; when we engage in the aesthetic act of perception, on the other hand, the world is creatively engaged and embodied.’
    • ‘This is because hearing is not a property of the ear (which is a mere sound wave analyzer) but a property of the brain as a machinery that converts noise into meaningful percepts.’
    1. 1.1 A mental concept that is developed as a consequence of the process of perception.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Philosophers have long held that a person's percepts are necessarily private and inaccessible to anyone else.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Differences in the relative positions of features with respect to reference frames lead to different percepts of the objects - the percept of a square in one case, and of a diamond in another.’
      • ‘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.