sense data

sense datum

noun
1.
Also called sensum. Psychology. the basic unit of an experience resulting from the stimulation of a sense organ; a stimulus or an object of perception or sensation.
2.
Epistemology. datum ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1920–25

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sense datum
 
n
philosophy representationalism See also apriorism a sensation detached both from any information it may convey and from its putative source in the external world, such as the bare awareness of a red visual field. Sense data are held by some philosophers to be the immediate objects of experience providing certain knowledge from which knowledge of material objects is inferred

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sense datum n.
A basic, unanalyzable sensation, such as color, sound, or smell, experienced upon stimulation of a sense organ or receptor.

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