[ 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

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  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

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British Dictionary definitions for percipient


/ (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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Word Origin and History for percipient



1690s, from Latin percipientem, present participle of percipere (see perceive). Earlier in English as a noun, "one who perceives" (1660s).

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