[ per-sep-tiv ]
See synonyms for: perceptiveperceptivelyperceptivenessperceptivity on

  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.

  1. of, relating to, or showing perception.

Origin of perceptive

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

Other words for perceptive

Other words from perceptive

  • per·cep·tive·ly, adverb
  • per·cep·tiv·i·ty, per·cep·tive·ness, noun
  • non·per·cep·tive, adjective
  • non·per·cep·tive·ly, adverb
  • non·per·cep·tive·ness, noun
  • non·per·cep·tiv·i·ty, noun
  • self-per·cep·tive, adjective
  • sem·i·per·cep·tive, adjective
  • un·per·cep·tive, adjective
  • un·per·cep·tive·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with perceptive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use perceptive in a sentence

  • 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
  • He was there for health and recreation, but, realizing the situation with his quick perceptiveness, he took up the gage of battle.

    The Abolitionists | John F. Hume
  • But even he, with all his observant perceptiveness, had failed to penetrate Lilith's magnificent self-command.

    The Sign of the Spider | Bertram Mitford
  • He was a quick, slight child, with fine perceptiveness, and a cool transitoriness in his interest.

    The Rainbow | D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • This unsophisticated girl did it by an innate perceptiveness that was almost genius.

British Dictionary definitions for perceptive


/ (pəˈsɛptɪv) /

  1. quick at perceiving; observant

  2. perceptual

  1. able to perceive

Derived forms of perceptive

  • perceptively, adverb
  • perceptiveness or perceptivity, noun

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