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 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 Noise level is measured in decibels, which is a unit for expressing the relative intensity of sounds on a scale from zero (least perceptible) to about 130 (pain-inducing). Eric Alt, Popular Science, "Best portable air conditioner: Cool off where you need it most," 17 Dec. 2020 There was a perceptible shift in the right-wing winds on Monday both before and after the Trump administration formally signed off on President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham start to adjust to the reality of a Biden presidency," 23 Nov. 2020 The first two stages, denial and anger, are the most perceptible. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Trump voters are flocking to a TV channel that claims Biden is not president-elect," 12 Nov. 2020 The width and length of the structures stayed life-size, while the height, barely perceptible to fast and high-flying aircraft, was truncated. Cory Graff, Popular Mechanics, "How Hollywood Set Designers Hid America’s WWII Aircraft Factories," 8 Nov. 2020 This test can be performed on grapes fresh off the vine, but those results may not tell the full story, since some compounds may become perceptible only during fermentation. Esther Mobley,, "California's wineries tossed into chaos with backlogged tests for smoke taint," 23 Sep. 2020 Even the absence of banal workplace banter about lunch plans or your weekend is perceptible: when there’s no casual talk, explains Gallagher, all your work interactions become transactional and, therefore, less meaningful. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, "How to Handle Election Anxiety, According to Mental Health Experts," 1 Nov. 2020 The three lenses are nearly identical to those on the Pro 11, with a few perceptible improvements in terms of low light performance. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The iPhone 12 Pro future-proofs with 5G and impressive photography chops," 20 Oct. 2020 That was the right decision in 2015, Molnar said, when the smoke influence was barely perceptible, but probably the wrong decision in the smokier 2008 vintage. Esther Mobley,, "Many California wineries will make no wine this year because of wildfire smoke," 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of perceptible

1567, in the meaning defined above

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“Perceptible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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