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precision law


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The most general law of perceptual organization in Gestalt psychology, according to which a Gestalt tends to become as sharply defined, stable, strong, regular, symmetrical, simple, meaningful, and economical as the sensory information allows, these properties being characteristics or features of Prägnanz. Also called the simplicity principle. See also good Gestalt. [From Latin praecision a cutting off, from prae before + caedere to cut]

Subjects: Psychology.


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