perceptible

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adjective per·cep·ti·ble \pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl\

Definition of perceptible

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

perceptibility

play \pər-ˌsep-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

perceptibly

play \pər-ˈsep-tə-blē\ adverb

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Examples of perceptible in a Sentence

  1. The sound was barely perceptible.

  2. There was a perceptible change in the audience's mood.

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Did You Know?

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."

First Known Use of perceptible

1567

Synonym Discussion of 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

PERCEPTIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

perceptible

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Definition of perceptible for English Language Learners

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


PERCEPTIBLE Defined for Kids

perceptible

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adjective per·cep·ti·ble \pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl\

Definition of perceptible for Students

  1. :  possible to detect There has been a perceptible change.


Medical Dictionary

perceptible

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adjective per·cep·ti·ble \pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl\

Medical Definition of perceptible

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

perceptibility

\-ˌsep-tə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun plural

perceptibilities

perceptibly

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