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[per-sep-choo-uh l] /pərˈsɛp tʃu əl/
of, relating to, or involving perception.
Origin of perceptual
1875-80; percept + -ual, on the model of concept, conceptual
Related forms
perceptually, adverb
interperceptual, adjective
interperceptually, adverb
nonperceptual, adjective
unperceptual, adjective
unperceptually, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for perceptual
  • In fact, it is the one illusion that makes every other perceptual illusion possible.
  • Writer describes his experience of the perceptual phenomenon called celestial vaulting.
  • Let's go through planning via memory and communication, and compare these to the perceptual route.
  • The particular study you asked about was a perceptual task and involved and interaction between an employee and their boss.
  • We are necessarily separated from raw nature by our perceptual and cognitive limitations.
  • Third, memory is distinct from the brain's intellectual and perceptual abilities.
  • Graphical features that arise for perceptual facility include symmetry and orientation to the horizontal and vertical axes.
  • Physical education and perceptual motor training are the best ways to treat coordination disorder.
  • The microscope of adolescence also inflicts perceptual distortions.
  • A portion of the total perceptual field gradually becomes differentiated as the self.
British Dictionary definitions for perceptual


of or relating to perception
Derived Forms
perceptually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for perceptual

1852; see percept + -al (1). Related: Perceptually.

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perceptual in Medicine

perceptual per·cep·tu·al (pər-sěp'chōō-əl)
Of, based on, or involving perception.

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