Pronunciation: (pur-sep'shun),[key] —n. 1. the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.
2. immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment: an artist of rare perception. 3. the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; percept.
4. Psychol.a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.
5. Law.the taking into possession of rents, crops, profits, etc.