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[per-see-vuh-buh l]
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  1. capable of being perceived; perceptible.
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Origin of perceivable

First recorded in 1400–50, perceivable is from the late Middle English word perceyvable. See perceive, -able
Related formsper·ceiv·a·bil·i·ty, per·ceiv·a·ble·ness, nounper·ceiv·a·bly, adverbnon·per·ceiv·a·ble, adjectivenon·per·ceiv·a·bly, adverbun·per·ceiv·a·ble, adjectiveun·per·ceiv·a·bly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Nonentities are not perceivable, and therefore not thinkable.

    The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, Volume I, No. 7, July, 1880


  • The rise has now begun, but it is perceivable only to those who are acquainted with the river.

  • The Perceivable and the Immoveable Essences have no common principles (b. 2).


    George Grote

  • The harm that will be done is probably not yet perceivable; but it will be incalculable.

    Temporal Power

    Marie Corelli

  • Is it not perceivable that it had, on the contrary, a staling quality?

    This Freedom

    A. S. M. Hutchinson

Word Origin and History for perceivable


late 15c., from Old French percevable, from perçoivre (see perceive). Related: Perceivably.

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