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perceive -- as in: perceive the system as unfair
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as in: perceive the system as unfair Define
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
  • She finally perceived the futility of her protest.
  • The company wants to make sure it’s low price is not perceived as implying low quality.
  • She perceives more risk in the trip than he does.
  • is simply one continual watch against the menace of death;—it has transformed us into unthinking animals in order to give us the weapon of instinct—it has reinforced us with dullness, so that we do not go to pieces before the horror, which would overwhelm us if we had clear, conscious thought—it has awakened in us the sense of comradeship, so that we escape the abyss of solitude—it has lent us the indifference of wild creatures, so that in spite of all, we perceive the positive in every moment,
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front

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  • You perceive, then, that he is not happy?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • A low exclamation of applause passed among the warriors who exchanged looks with each other like men that first began to perceive their error.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Apparently, the other had now climbed a peak of wisdom from which he could perceive himself as a very wee thing.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • —that if they perceive thee to be a coarse clown or a dull blockhead, they will suspect me to be some impostor or swindler?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • And when at last it is perceived that such pity cannot lead to effectual succor, common sense bids the soul rid of it.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • for I perceive but cold demeanor in Octavius’ wing
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar

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  • And thus, as a closer and still closer intimacy admitted me more unreservedly into the recesses of his spirit, the more bitterly did I perceive the futility of...
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • "But," resumed the good Oudarde, "you must have perceived to some extent, that yesterday was a festival."
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • perceive, as well as myself, not only in this, but in many other circumstances, reason enough to be convinced that....
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Henry and Eleanor, perceiving nothing in her situation likely to engage their father’s particular respect, had seen with astonishment the suddenness, continuance, and extent of his attention;
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • His usual habit was not to consider whether destiny were hard upon him or not—the shape of his ideals in cases of affliction being simply a moody "I am to suffer, I perceive."
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • She could not admit at once that she might have overestimated Wildeve, for to perceive his mediocrity now was to admit her own great folly heretofore.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Ella Stowbody, the professional, perceiving that it was because of a conspiracy of jealousy that she had been given a small part, alternated between lofty amusement and Christian patience.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The boats followed us, with all the sail they could make, and we could perceive the two foremost were English,
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Mr. Heathcliff said he did not perceive that I was wanted; but I might stay and order the arrangements for the funeral, if I chose.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • But as it is I perceive behind them only the suffering of the creature, the awful melancholy of life and the pitilessness of men.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • And at night, waking out of a dream, overwhelmed and bewitched by the crowding apparitions, a man perceives with alarm how slight is the support, how thin the boundary that divides him from the darkness.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
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as in: perceive the system as unfair Define
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
as in: though blind, can perceive light Define
to become aware of -- especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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