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perceptive

[per-sep-tiv] /pərˈsɛp tɪv/
adjective
1.
having or showing keenness of insight, understanding, or intuition:
a perceptive analysis of the problems involved.
2.
having the power or faculty of perceiving.
3.
of, relating to, or showing perception.
Origin of perceptive
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin percept(us) (see percept) + -ive
Related forms
perceptively, adverb
perceptivity, perceptiveness, noun
nonperceptive, adjective
nonperceptively, adverb
nonperceptiveness, noun
nonperceptivity, noun
self-perceptive, adjective
semiperceptive, adjective
unperceptive, adjective
unperceptively, adverb
Can be confused
perceptible, perceptive.
Synonyms
1. discerning, sensitive, keen, astute.
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Examples from the Web for unperceptive
Historical Examples
  • Disquiet was in the air, and Char knew that only the unperceptive Trevellyan was unaware of an impending crisis.

    The War-Workers E.M. Delafield
  • Even to Gilfain's unperceptive mind the opening for a sweeping lie seemed a trifle too wide.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for unperceptive

perceptive

/pəˈsɛptɪv/
adjective
1.
quick at perceiving; observant
2.
perceptual
3.
able to perceive
Derived Forms
perceptively, adverb
perceptiveness, perceptivity, noun
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Word Origin and History for unperceptive

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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unperceptive in Medicine

perceptive per·cep·tive (pər-sěp'tĭv)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to perception.

  2. Having the ability to perceive.

  3. Keenly discerning.


per'cep·tiv'i·ty (pûr'sěp-tĭv'ĭ-tē) or per·cep'tive·ness n.
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