1483, "receiving, collection," from L. perceptionem (nom. perceptio) "perception, apprehension, a taking," from percipere "perceive" (see perceive). First used in the more literal sense of the L. word; in secondary sense, "the taking cognizance of," it is recorded in Eng. from 1611. Meaning "intuitive or direct recognition of some innate quality" is from 1827.
perception noun (SIGHT)
1)[U] the quality of being aware of things through the physical senses, especially sight
2) [U] someone's ability to notice and understand things that are not obvious to other people