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perceptive

[per-sep-tiv]
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adjective
  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.
  3. of, relating to, or showing perception.
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Origin of perceptive

1650–60; < Latin percept(us) (see percept) + -ive
Related formsper·cep·tive·ly, adverbper·cep·tiv·i·ty, per·cep·tive·ness, nounnon·per·cep·tive, adjectivenon·per·cep·tive·ly, adverbnon·per·cep·tive·ness, nounnon·per·cep·tiv·i·ty, nounself-per·cep·tive, adjectivesem·i·per·cep·tive, adjectiveun·per·cep·tive, adjectiveun·per·cep·tive·ly, adverb
Can be confusedperceptible perceptive

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Related Words

intuitionobservationunderstandingacumenwisdomjudgmentvisioninstincthunchinsightperceptionknowledgeintelligencesenseawarenessrealizationgrasprecognitionperspicacitysapience

British Dictionary definitions for perceptivity

perceptive

adjective
  1. quick at perceiving; observant
  2. perceptual
  3. able to perceive
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Derived Formsperceptively, adverbperceptiveness or perceptivity, noun
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Word Origin and History for perceptivity

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.

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perceptivity in Medicine

perceptive

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