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perceptible

[per-sep-tuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being perceived; recognizable; appreciable: a perceptible change in his behavior.
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Origin of perceptible

From the Late Latin word perceptibilis, dating back to 1545–55. See percept, -ible
Related formsper·cep·ti·bil·i·ty, per·cep·ti·ble·ness, nounper·cep·ti·bly, adverbnon·per·cep·ti·bil·i·ty, nounnon·per·cep·ti·ble, adjectivenon·per·cep·ti·ble·ness, nounnon·per·cep·ti·bly, adverbun·per·cep·ti·ble, adjectiveun·per·cep·ti·ble·ness, nounun·per·cep·ti·bly, adverb
Can be confusedperceptible perceptive

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discernible, apparent.
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Historical Examples

  • But that thing of his dissembling was only subject to his perceptibility, not to his will determinate.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale

    Herman Melville

  • Perceptibility or conceivability are, then, the two forms which reality may assume.

  • If desired, the gradation of intensities here employed may be refined to the threshold of perceptibility, or beyond it.


British Dictionary definitions for perceptibility

perceptible

adjective
  1. able to be perceived; noticeable or recognizable
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Derived Formsperceptibility, nounperceptibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for perceptibility

perceptible

adj.

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.

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