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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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Origin of perceptive

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

OTHER WORDS FROM perceptive

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH perceptive

perceptible, perceptive
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How to use perceptive in a sentence

  • The note-taking traveller is very apt to forget that the mere act of note-taking upsets his normal perceptivity.

  • These claim such perceptivity of the outer ear and such fineness of the channels that the tune is but a clack when it gets inside.

    Journeys to Bagdad|Charles S. Brooks
  • The opposite error will be committed if the respondent defines perceptivity to be a movement through or by means of the body.

    Aristotle|George Grote

British Dictionary definitions for perceptive

perceptive
/ (pəˈsɛptɪv) /

adjective
quick at perceiving; observant
perceptual
able to perceive

Derived forms of perceptive

perceptively, adverbperceptiveness or perceptivity, noun
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Medical definitions for perceptive

perceptive
[ pər-sĕptĭv ]

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

Other words from perceptive

per′cep•tivi•ty (pûr′sĕp-tĭvĭ-tē) n.
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