[ per-sip-ee-uh nt ]
/ pərˈsɪp i ənt /


perceiving or capable of perceiving.
having perception; discerning; discriminating: a percipient choice of wines.


a person or thing that perceives.

Nearby words

  1. perchloroethylene,
  2. perchloromethane,
  3. perchta,
  4. perciatelli,
  5. percipience,
  6. percival,
  7. perclose,
  8. percocet,
  9. percodan,
  10. percoid

Origin of percipient

1655–65; < Latin percipient- (stem of percipiēns) present participle of percipere to take in, equivalent to per- per- + -cipi- combining form of present stem of capere to take + -ent- -ent

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for percipience

  • We consider indeed conditions for percipience, but only so far as those conditions are among the disclosures of perception.

    The Concept of Nature|Alfred North Whitehead
  • Nothing can be more certain than that, apart from percipience, there is no matter that matters.

    God and Mr. Wells|William Archer
  • And we now come to other cases, where the percipience has been collective, although it has not been repeated.

British Dictionary definitions for percipience


/ (pəˈsɪpɪənt) /


able to perceive


a person or thing that perceives
Derived Formspercipience, nounpercipiently, adverb

Word Origin for percipient

C17: from Latin percipiens observing, from percipere to grasp; see perceive

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