- a person or thing that perceives.
Origin of percipient
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Examples from the Web for percipience
Nothing can be more certain than that, apart from percipience, there is no matter that matters.God and Mr. Wells
And we now come to other cases, where the percipience has been collective, although it has not been repeated.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death
Frederick W. H. Myers
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
- able to perceive
- a person or thing that perceives
C17: from Latin percipiens observing, from percipere to grasp; see perceive
Word Origin and History for percipience
1690s, from Latin percipientem, present participle of percipere (see perceive). Earlier in English as a noun, "one who perceives" (1660s).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper