adjective \pər-ˈsep-tiv\

: having or showing an ability to understand or notice something easily or quickly

Full Definition of PERCEPTIVE

:  responsive to sensory stimuli :  discerning <a perceptive eye>
a :  capable of or exhibiting keen perception :  observant <a perceptive scholar>
b :  characterized by sympathetic understanding or insight
per·cep·tive·ly adverb
per·cep·tive·ness noun
per·cep·tiv·i·ty \(ˌ)pər-ˌsep-ˈti-və-tē\ noun

Examples of PERCEPTIVE

  1. He is a very perceptive young man.
  2. <due to their ability to rotate their ears, cats are very perceptive when it comes to pinpointing the source of a sound>

First Known Use of PERCEPTIVE


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adjective \pər-ˈsep-tiv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PERCEPTIVE

: responsive to sensory stimulus <a perceptive eye>
per·cep·tive·ly adverb
per·cep·tive·ness noun
per·cep·tiv·i·ty \(ˌ)pər-ˌsep-ˈtiv-ət-ē\ noun, plural per·cep·tiv·i·ties


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