percipient

noun
per·​cip·​i·​ent | \pər-ˈsi-pē-ənt \

Definition of percipient 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that perceives

2 : a person on whose mind a telepathic impulse or message is held to fall

percipient

adjective

Definition of percipient (Entry 2 of 2)

: capable of or characterized by perception : discerning a percipient critic

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percipiently adverb

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My thanks to Times TV critic Lorraine Ali for her percipient take. latimes.com, "Calendar Letters: Much ado about the royal wedding," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of percipient

Noun

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1692, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for percipient

Noun

Latin percipient-, percipiens, present participle of percipere to perceive

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