perceptive

adjective per·cep·tive \ pər-ˈsep-tiv \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

Definition of perceptive

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

perceptively

adverb

perceptiveness

noun

perceptivity

play \(ˌ)pər-ˌsep-ˈti-və-tē\ noun

Examples of perceptive in a Sentence

  1. He is a very perceptive young man.

  2. 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

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in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PERCEPTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

perceptive

Definition of perceptive for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

perceptive

adjective per·cep·tive \ pər-ˈsep-tiv \

medical Definition of perceptive

: responsive to sensory stimulus
  • a perceptive eye

perceptively

adverb

perceptiveness

noun

perceptivity

play \(ˌ)pər-ˌsep-ˈtiv-ət-ē\ noun, plural perceptivities


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