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 The environment continues to play an important role as perceptive players can use fuel lines and icicles to their advantage and each encounter seems to have an optimal solution. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Gears of War 5’ uses past to set path for its future," 6 Sep. 2019 Fans of McMillan's novels will be pleased that her wickedly funny descriptions and raunchy, perceptive dialogue have been distilled marvelously in her and Ron Bass' sparkling, zesty screenplay. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'How Stella Got Her Groove Back': THR's 1998 Review," 14 Aug. 2019 Children at this age are extremely perceptive, Klein says, and often pick up on subtle negative language or attitudes. Washington Post, "We call them ‘terrible twos’ (and worse), but toddlers are just learning how to be people," 10 Dec. 2019 Almodóvar’s personality, his wise observations and perceptive reflections, outrun the inventiveness with which they’re delivered. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Pedro Almodóvar’s Stifled “Pain and Glory”," 10 Oct. 2019 Some of the most perceptive U.S. ambassadors in history have been political appointees, including William Dodd, a historian sent to Berlin between 1933 and 1937 who warned of the horrors of Nazi Germany as many in Washington ignored them. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "The United States lets wealthy donors like Gordon Sondland become ambassadors. Not so elsewhere.," 20 Nov. 2019 Steve [Rattner] wrote a very perceptive op-ed about why these proposals don’t work, or worse. Eben Shapiro, Time, "The CEO of Blackstone on Why We Have Bigger Things to Worry About Than Capitalism," 20 Nov. 2019 But the 21st century, in particular, is witnessing the emergence of perceptive and well-informed celebrity women who own the sources of production of wealth and are not restricted to their bodily capital. Ruth Penfold-mounce, Quartz, "Men still earn more than women—even after they’re dead," 20 Nov. 2019 Fineman’s work, on the other hand, is both excellent (almost uncanny) mimicry, but also deeply perceptive and interesting. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "New SNL member Chloe Fineman’s impressions are the best things on Instagram," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of perceptive

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Perceptive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perceptivity. Accessed 18 January 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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