perceptive

adjective
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from perceptive

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

Synonyms for perceptive

Synonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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
Recent Examples on the Web Among the several villains in Aggie Blum Thompson’s first novel, a perceptive and beautifully assured piece of domestic noir, is social media. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 The documentary includes perceptive comments from Cleveland Museum of Art Curator of Contemporary Art Emily Liebert, who draws direct connections between Lichtenstein’s 1950s paintings and his later Pop masterpieces. Steven Litt, cleveland, 23 May 2021 Be perceptive when dealing with your job and warmhearted with family. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 15 May 2021 But to a perceptive birder like Gibson, the neighborhood pond is an expanse of new birds. Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2021 In healthcare, these traits help employees provide good patient care, but in another work setting, female colleagues may be more perceptive to changes in colleagues’ behavior and have an easier time opening up about emotions. Garen Staglin, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Leaders need to be perceptive enough to know where things are headed, be adaptable and then move quickly to drive the success of the company. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 These could involve staffing changes, promoting different cultural events or training managers to be more perceptive. Allison Pohle, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2021 Many thanks for the unexpectedly complimentary and perceptive evaluation of my career in your issue of January 6–19th. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 9 Apr. 2021

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

See More

First Known Use of perceptive

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about perceptive

Time Traveler for perceptive

Time Traveler

The first known use of perceptive was in 1652

See more words from the same year

Statistics for perceptive

Last Updated

7 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Perceptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perceptive. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for perceptive

perceptive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of perceptive

: having or showing an ability to understand or notice something easily or quickly

perceptive

adjective
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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!