- the act or process of apperceiving
- the state or fact of the mind in being conscious of its own consciousness
Origin of apperceptionFrench aperception from apercevoir, apperceive
- Conscious perception with full awareness.
- The process of understanding by which newly observed qualities of an object are related to past experience.
Origin of apperceptionNew Latin apperceptiō apperceptiōn-Latin ad- ad- Latin perceptiō perception ; see perception .
(countable and uncountable, plural apperceptions)
- (uncountable, psychology and philosophy, especially Kantianism) The mind's perception of itself as the subject or actor in its own states, unifying past and present experiences; self-consciousness, perception that reflects upon itself.
- (uncountable) Psychological or mental perception; recognition.
- (countable, psychology) The general process or a particular act of mental assimilation of new experience into the totality of one's past experience.
From French aperception (modern Latin apperceptio, used by Gottfried Leibnitz (1646-1716)).