Perception Law and Legal Definition

Generally speaking perception means appreciation or cognition. It is an observation awareness, or realization, usually based on physical sensation or experience. In Roman and civil law it refers to the act of taking into possession of rents, crops, profits by a bona fide possessor or usufructuary.

The following is an example of a sentence using perception.

Rapidly increasing political campaign costs have led many candidates to raise larger percentages of money from special interests with a specific financial stake in matters before state government. This has caused the public perception that decisions of elected officials are being improperly influenced by monetary contributions. [Rev. Code Wash. (ARCW) § 42.17.610]