[per-sip-ee-uh nt]
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  1. a person or thing that perceives.

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 formsper·cip·i·ence, per·cip·i·en·cy, nounnon·per·cip·i·ence, nounnon·per·cip·i·en·cy, nounnon·per·cip·i·ent, adjectiveun·per·cip·i·ent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for percipient

Historical Examples of percipient

  • A private lady, Miss M. Telbin, acted as percipient, and I acted as agent.


    W. W. Baggally

  • These sets have to be learned by heart by the agent and the percipient.


    W. W. Baggally

  • Two or three days afterwards, the percipient happened to be in a tram.

  • Appears to possess a duality of cognitions, of percepts and of percipient.

  • Then it is not to be doubted that it is characterised as percipient and percept.

British Dictionary definitions for percipient


  1. able to perceive
  2. perceptive
  1. 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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