percipient

noun
per·​cip·​i·​ent | \ pər-ˈsi-pē-ənt How to pronounce percipient (audio) \

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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Adjective

percipiently adverb

Examples of percipient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My thanks to Times TV critic Lorraine Ali for her percipient take. latimes.com, 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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The first known use of percipient was in 1659

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“Percipient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/percipient. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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