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English definition of “perception”

perception

noun  /pərˈsep·ʃən/ us  

perception noun (BELIEF)

[C] a thought, belief, or opinion, often held by many people and based on appearances: Even though he had done nothing illegal, the public’s perception was that he had acted dishonestly, and he was forced to resign.

perception noun (AWARENESS)

[U] an awareness of things through the physical senses, esp. sight
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