per·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl \

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 \ noun
perceptibly \ pər-​ˈsep-​tə-​blē \ 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.

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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 My task was to figure out who the new me was who could make that dream come true, then rivet together my new personality without the slightest perceptible weakness. Jennifer Gilbert, Marie Claire, "The Scars You Don't See," 30 Apr. 2012 The first version lines up with what the police tell Noah and Cole, but the second feels more true, in some barely perceptible way. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Affair’s latest, greatest episode holds a difficult irony at its core," 19 Aug. 2018 Those small things are often subtle changes both on and off the court; barely perceptible touches of horticulture often overlooked by spectators, but certainly felt. John Clarke, New York Times, "For Wimbledon’s Grass, It’s Not Easy Being Green," 30 June 2018 Rimowa is taking a risk by leaning on features that aren’t necessarily perceptible to the average customer, especially as today’s market seems to react better to bold gestures. Fortune, "Rimowa and Virgil Abloh Are Creating Completely See-Through Luggage," 5 June 2018 Rimowa is taking a risk by leaning on features that aren’t necessarily perceptible to the average customer, especially as today’s market seems to react better to bold gestures. Max Berlinger,, "Rimowa Has Made a $1,000 See-Through Suitcase," 5 June 2018 The goal is that these changes should be barely perceptible. Nora Whelan, The Cut, "The Rise of Curve Minimalism," 21 June 2018 The engine’s 258 pound-feet of torque also trails the Jag, this time by a conceivably perceptible 11 pound-feet. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Volvo XC40 SUV has wireless phone charging, carryout bag hook," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of perceptible

1567, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of perceptible

: possible to detect There has been a perceptible change.


per·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl \

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 \ noun, plural perceptibilities
perceptibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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to deny responsibility for

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