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[per-sep-tuh-buh l] /pərˈsɛp tə bəl/
capable of being perceived; recognizable; appreciable:
a perceptible change in his behavior.
Origin of perceptible
From the Late Latin word perceptibilis, dating back to 1545-55. See percept, -ible
Related forms
perceptibility, perceptibleness, noun
perceptibly, adverb
nonperceptibility, noun
nonperceptible, adjective
nonperceptibleness, noun
nonperceptibly, adverb
unperceptible, adjective
unperceptibleness, noun
unperceptibly, adverb
Can be confused
perceptible, perceptive.
discernible, apparent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Since yesterday, her interest in Miss Morton had perceptibly increased.

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  • Yet returning to it the men did not perceptibly hurry their steps.

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  • Yet she had no sooner uttered the words than she perceptibly blushed.

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  • I have never seen—and hope I never may—any other being age so swiftly and perceptibly.

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  • When he raised his eyes again the jungle was perceptibly darker.

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  • From that hour Camille began to get better very slowly, yet perceptibly.

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  • "What's right's right, Malcolm," answered his wife, pouting just perceptibly.

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  • He looked at his hands in disgust, and perceptibly shivered.

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British Dictionary definitions for perceptibly


able to be perceived; noticeable or recognizable
Derived Forms
perceptibility, noun
perceptibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for perceptibly



early 15c., "perceptive," from Late Latin perceptibilis "perceptible," from Latin percept-, past participle stem of percipere (see perceive). Meaning "capable of being perceived" is from c.1600. Related: Perceptibly; perceptibility.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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