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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perceptibility \ pər-​ˌsep-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce perceptibility (audio) \ noun
perceptibly \ pər-​ˈsep-​tə-​blē How to pronounce perceptibly (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 The texture is milky and lightweight, and absorbs quickly into skin with a barely perceptible hint of shimmer. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Charlotte Tilbury’s New Magic Serum Has Racked Up An 8,000-Person Waitlist," 16 Apr. 2020 Boeing responded with a rush program to re-engineer the 737, modify the wings and make other changes to improve the performance of the airplane and give it some perceptible advantage over the A320Neo. New York Times, "What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?," 18 Sep. 2019 Despite the mammoth undertaking, most of the changes have been barely perceptible to viewers. Brian Stelter, CNN, "CBS News gets first-hand experience with coronavirus, disrupting its New York operations," 14 Mar. 2020 But as more of us have begun to understand that this new illness is far more sinister than the flu, the rhythm of everyday life has started to change in perceptible ways: honeymoons canceled, parties postponed, quarantine supplies sought. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Coronavirus Customer-Service Crisis," 11 Mar. 2020 Jones’ mortality was more perceptible over the next 29 games. Nick Moyle,, "Texas guard Andrew Jones’ remarkable journey cut short by coronavirus outbreak," 23 Mar. 2020 The activity filter smooths things out for these lightweight tasks, keeping the CPU out of boost mode without harming overall or perceptible performance. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "AMD improves real-world boost and idle on Ryzen 3000," 11 Sep. 2019 The last few days have seen a perceptible flattening in growth of Covid-19 cases in China, raising hopes that the epidemic has peaked. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Once widely criticized, the Wuhan quarantine bought the world time to prepare for Covid-19," 21 Feb. 2020 The new affection is perceptible in more official channels as well. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "“Lands apart, shared sky”: Japan’s response to the coronavirus is winning unusual praise in China," 4 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'perceptible.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of perceptible

1567, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2020

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“Perceptible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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

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