Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com having or showing keenness of insight, understanding, or intuition: a perceptive analysis of the problems involved. having the power or faculty of perceiving. of, relating to, or showing perception. Related forms per·cep·tive·ly, adverb per·cep·tiv·i·ty, per·cep·tive·ness, noun non·per·cep·tive, adjective non·per·cep·tive·ly, adverb non·per·cep·tive·ness, noun non·per·cep·tiv·i·ty, noun self-per·cep·tive, adjective sem·i·per·cep·tive, adjective un·per·cep·tive, adjective un·per·cep·tive·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for perceptively Historical Examples Perceptively I shudder in the awful remembrance of their occasion, and the day may come when they will be needed once more. I stopped long enough to check the Bonanza .375 both visually and perceptively and then loaded it full. British Dictionary definitions for perceptively quick at perceiving; observant perceptual able to perceive Derived Forms perceptively, adverb perceptiveness or perceptivity, noun
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Word Origin and History for perceptively perceptive adj.
1650s, from Latin
percept-, past participle stem of percipere (see perceive) + -ive. In reference to intelligence from 1860. From mid-15c. as the name of a type of optical instrument. Related: Perceptively; perceptiveness.
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perceptive (pər-sĕp ′tĭv) Of or relating to perception. Having the ability to perceive. Keenly discerning. Related forms per′cep•tiv ( ′i•ty pûr′sĕp-tĭv) ′ĭ-tē n.
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