per·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce perceptible (audio) \

Definition of perceptible

: capable of being perceived especially by the senses a perceptible change in her tone a barely perceptible light

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Other Words from perceptible

perceptibility \ pər-​ˌsep-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce perceptibility (audio) \ noun
perceptibly \ pər-​ˈsep-​tə-​blē How to pronounce perceptibly (audio) \ adverb

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perceptible, sensible, palpable, tangible, appreciable, ponderable mean apprehensible as real or existent. perceptible applies to what can be discerned by the senses often to a minimal extent. a perceptible difference in sound to a careful listener sensible applies to whatever is clearly apprehended through the senses or impresses itself strongly on the mind. an abrupt, sensible drop in temperature palpable applies either to what has physical substance or to what is obvious and unmistakable. the tension in the air was almost palpable tangible suggests what is capable of being handled or grasped both physically and mentally. no tangible evidence of UFOs appreciable applies to what is distinctly discernible by the senses or definitely measurable. an appreciable increase in income ponderable suggests having definitely measurable weight or importance. exerted a ponderable influence on world events

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If something is "perceptible," you can "capture" it with your senses. "Perceptible" traces back to the Latin word capere, which means "to take," combined with the prefix per-, which means "thoroughly." It shares the "capere" part of its ancestry with a number of other English words related to seizing or being seized, including "capture," "captor," "captivate," and even "catch."

Examples of perceptible in a Sentence

The sound was barely perceptible. There was a perceptible change in the audience's mood.
Recent Examples on the Web Grape skins, seeds and stems also add tannin to wine, but the influence of oak is the most perceptible. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Love it or hate it, oak is important in wine. Here are 5 things to know.," 16 Aug. 2019 In recent years, New York City riders have seen transit prices repeatedly hiked with no perceptible reduction in subway malfunctions and subsequent delays. Ragini Srikrishna, Teen Vogue, "New York City MTA's Crackdown on Fare Evasion Is War on the Poor," 25 Dec. 2019 Running iftop on the lighthouse showed no perceptible traffic, even though a 20Mbps iperf3 stream was cheerfully running between the two networks. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "How to set up your own Nebula mesh VPN, step by step," 19 Dec. 2019 Wearing a sophisticated black evening gown that featured short puff sleeves and small white bows at the chest, a small baby bump is barely perceptible. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Felicity Jones Is Expecting Her First Child," 5 Dec. 2019 Dad’s way was to instruct by barely perceptible guidance and demonstration. Ben Terris, Washington Post, "Can the Bennet brothers save the Establishment?," 30 Oct. 2019 With all our technological advances, from the printing press to the airplane and the nuclear-power station, there seems to follow a shadow, unseen and yet perceptible, for the consequences of these advances manifest themselves before our eyes. Karl Ove Knausgaard, The New Yorker, "The Slowness of Literature and the Shadow of Knowledge," 6 Nov. 2019 And that in my opinion is the only perceptible change in this field. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, Harper's magazine, "Sex and Sensibility," 28 Oct. 2019 Still, this barely perceptible warming has yet to translate into any tangible negotiating progress. Damian Paletta, Washington Post, "Trump insists trade talks have restarted with China, but details are elusive," 26 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'perceptible.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of perceptible

1567, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jan 2020

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“Perceptible.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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How to pronounce perceptible (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of perceptible

: able to be seen or noticed : able to be perceived


per·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce perceptible (audio) \

Kids Definition of perceptible

: possible to detect There has been a perceptible change.


per·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce perceptible (audio) \

Medical Definition of perceptible

: capable of being perceived especially by the senses barely perceptible motion sound perceptible by the human ear

Other Words from perceptible

perceptibility \ -​ˌsep-​tə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce perceptibility (audio) \ noun, plural perceptibilities
perceptibly \ -​blē How to pronounce perceptibly (audio) \ adverb

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