perceptible

adjective
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

Choose the Right Synonym for perceptible

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.

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Their main objection is that the policy would impose significant costs on Oregonians without a perceptible impact on the global problem. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Oregon Senate Republicans’ walkout over climate vote: the 8 things you need to know to understand the standoff," 24 June 2019 Skydome Restaurant at DoubleTree, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington Height of view: 200 feet The barely perceptible rotation of this (unintentionally) retro restaurant affords ample opportunity to contemplate a variety of views. Washington Post, "The 7 most spectacular views in D.C., ranked," 13 June 2019 None of these complex underpinnings, however, are perceptible to the reader. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, "A Crew of Variegated Weirdos," 10 Jan. 2019 Detecting such barely perceptible phenomena requires sensitive instruments, usually buried deep underground. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Best Place to Find Dark Matter May Be in a Rock," 7 Jan. 2019 There is even a perceptible bulge of healthier snow numbers that extend into the first third of March. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "This is the snowiest time of the year in Washington, at least in theory," 8 Feb. 2018 Dangling from barely perceptible granite nubs, Mr. Honnold karate-kicked his foot out wide, shifting his body weight into the thin air above Yosemite Valley. Clint Carter, WSJ, "From Climbing Wall to Real Mountain: Can You Handle It?," 6 Mar. 2019 There was another pause at the threshold, a perceptible presentational instant, as if he were poised on the balls of his feet in order to see and be seen. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019 Is there no perceptible difference between abstract paintings made by a professional artist and the daubs of children or animals? Ellen Winner, WSJ, "Could Your Child Really Paint That?," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of perceptible

1567, in the meaning defined above

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perceptible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of perceptible

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

perceptible

adjective
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.

perceptible

adjective
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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