per·​cep·​tive | \ pər-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce perceptive (audio) \

Definition of perceptive

1 : responsive to sensory stimuli : discerning a perceptive eye
2a : capable of or exhibiting keen perception : observant a perceptive scholar
b : characterized by sympathetic understanding or insight

Other Words from perceptive

perceptively adverb
perceptiveness noun
perceptivity \ (ˌ)pər-​ˌsep-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce perceptive (audio) \ noun

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Examples of perceptive in a Sentence

He is a very perceptive young man. due to their ability to rotate their ears, cats are very perceptive when it comes to pinpointing the source of a sound
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First Known Use of perceptive

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Perceptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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per·​cep·​tive | \ pər-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce perceptive (audio) \

Medical Definition of perceptive

: responsive to sensory stimulus a perceptive eye

Other Words from perceptive

perceptively adverb
perceptiveness noun
perceptivity \ (ˌ)pər-​ˌsep-​ˈtiv-​ət-​ē How to pronounce perceptive (audio) \ noun, plural perceptivities

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