[ per-sep-tiv ]
/ pərˈsɛp tɪv /


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.

Origin of perceptive

1650–60; < Latin percept(us) (see percept) + -ive

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Can be confused

perceptible perceptive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for perceptive


/ (pəˈsɛptɪv) /


quick at perceiving; observant
able to perceive

Derived Forms

perceptively, adverbperceptiveness or perceptivity, noun
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Medicine definitions for perceptive


[ pər-sĕptĭv ]


Of or relating to perception.
Having the ability to perceive.
Keenly discerning.

Related forms

per′cep•tivi•ty (pûr′sĕp-tĭvĭ-tē) n.
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