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

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Other Words from perceptive

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

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 That line, perceptive and alive, is typical of The Half of It. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Netflix's Teen Dramedy The Half of It Is Sweet, Funny and Raw as a Scraped Knee," 30 Apr. 2020 Indeed, on his podcast for the Hudson Institute, The Realignment, Enjeti offers a frequently perceptive exploration of these issues. Tobias Hoonhout, National Review, "Progressive Populism’s Dashed Hopes," 16 Apr. 2020 Mies van der Rohe was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, and Mr. Beam provides an exceptionally perceptive character study of this complex and often impenetrable figure. Witold Rybczynski, WSJ, "‘Broken Glass’ Review: Letting the Outside In," 20 Mar. 2020 For his lucid and perceptive look at Stanley Kubrick's unparalleled body of work, Gregory Monro excerpts a number of archival clips. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Kubrick by Kubrick': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 1 May 2020 Mantel has already suggested that Thomas Cromwell is attracted to Bess, who is witty and perceptive. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, "Hilary Mantel Takes Thomas Cromwell Down," 5 Apr. 2020 New Yorkers have never been as rude as people think, but the perceptive bits here make the point that social distancing incentivizes us to live up to our bad reputation. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "A Vital Stand-Up Special for the Social Distancing Era," 24 Apr. 2020 The novel is most notable for its perceptive insight into Lucy’s interior mind and life. Leah Carroll, refinery29.com, "8 Books That Celebrate Complicated Women," 10 Mar. 2020 Jusko is such a student -- one who has improved the landscape of our school and our speech and debate district every day with her perceptive intellect and her compassionate engagement with the community. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood’s Jane Jusko receives national speech and debate award," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of perceptive

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Perceptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perceptive. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for perceptive

perceptive

adjective
How to pronounce perceptive (audio)

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 perceptivity (audio) \ noun, plural perceptivities

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