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percipient

[ per-sip-ee-uhnt ]
/ pərˈsɪp i ənt /
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adjective

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

noun

a person or thing that perceives.

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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

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Example sentences from the Web for percipient

  • 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
  • Our suggestions were callous, monstrous, everything that could arise from earth-bound non-percipience of sacred things.

    Jaffery|William J. Locke
  • And we now come to other cases, where the percipience has been collective, although it has not been repeated.

British Dictionary definitions for percipient

percipient
/ (pəˈsɪpɪənt) /

adjective

able to perceive
perceptive

noun

a person or thing that perceives

Derived forms of percipient

percipience, nounpercipiently, adverb

Word Origin for percipient

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