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perceptive

[ per-sep-tiv ]
/ pərˈsɛp tɪv /
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adjective

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.

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Nearby words

percenter, percentile, percept, perceptible, perception, perceptive, perceptively, perceptual, perceptual defence, perceptual mapping, perceval

Origin of perceptive

1650–60; < Latin percept(us) (see percept) + -ive
SYNONYMS FOR perceptive
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Can be confusedperceptible perceptive
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Examples from the Web for perceptiveness

  • He told, too, a good story, which shows the perceptiveness of Indians.

    With Manchesters in the East|Gerald B. Hurst
  • All this is not Japanese, but from such accident is Japanese art inspired, with its good luck of perceptiveness.

    The Colour of Life|Alice Meynell
  • Bully Rawson, with all his faults, had the saving grace of perceptiveness, wherefore the bright idea remained unpropounded.

    A Secret of the Lebombo|Bertram Mitford

British Dictionary definitions for perceptiveness

perceptive

/ (pəˈsɛptɪv) /

adjective

quick at perceiving; observant
perceptual
able to perceive
Derived Formsperceptively, adverbperceptiveness or perceptivity, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for perceptiveness

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for perceptiveness

perceptive

[ pər-sĕptĭv ]

adj.

Of or relating to perception.
Having the ability to perceive.
Keenly discerning.
Related formsper′cep•tivi•ty (pûr′sĕp-tĭvĭ-tē) n.
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