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

Other Words from perceptible

perceptibility \ pər-​ˌsep-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce perceptible (audio) \ noun
perceptibly \ pər-​ˈsep-​tə-​blē How to pronounce perceptible (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 Noonan employs are so sneaky as to be barely perceptible. Howard Fishman, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2022 Over the past few decades, there's been a perceptible shift in the weather. Mikhal Weiner, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Oct. 2021 His distinctive drumming style — playing with a minimum of motion, often slightly behind the beat — gave the group’s sound a barely perceptible but inimitable rhythmic drag. New York Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Ring Bear, a year-old Washington outfit, offers a tasteful $699 platinum ring with barely perceptible ribbing on the edges. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2021 Northwest winds were expected to start dissipating the fog Monday evening, Canepa said, noting that barely perceptible gusts were blowing at about 3 p.m. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Nov. 2021 From the street, the modest bungalow keeps a low profile among the other vintage homes, while the second story is barely perceptible. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Mazda's electric G-Vectoring Control Plus, which adjusts torque and braking at barely perceptible levels to control weight transfer and improve handling feel. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 4 Oct. 2021 According to Vaisesika atomism, the four elements (earth, water, air, and fire) each come in two variations: atomic—that is, invisible, indivisible, and indestructible; and composite—that is, visible and perceptible. Priyamvada Natarajan, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of perceptible

1567, in the meaning defined above

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“Perceptible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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 perceptible (audio) \ noun, plural perceptibilities
perceptibly \ -​blē How to pronounce perceptible (audio) \ adverb

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