per·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce perceptible (audio) \

Definition of perceptible

: capable of being perceived especially by the senses a perceptible change in her tone a barely perceptible light

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perceptibility \ pər-​ˌsep-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce perceptible (audio) \ noun
perceptibly \ pər-​ˈsep-​tə-​blē How to pronounce perceptible (audio) \ adverb

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perceptible, sensible, palpable, tangible, appreciable, ponderable mean apprehensible as real or existent. perceptible applies to what can be discerned by the senses often to a minimal extent. a perceptible difference in sound to a careful listener sensible applies to whatever is clearly apprehended through the senses or impresses itself strongly on the mind. an abrupt, sensible drop in temperature palpable applies either to what has physical substance or to what is obvious and unmistakable. the tension in the air was almost palpable tangible suggests what is capable of being handled or grasped both physically and mentally. no tangible evidence of UFOs appreciable applies to what is distinctly discernible by the senses or definitely measurable. an appreciable increase in income ponderable suggests having definitely measurable weight or importance. exerted a ponderable influence on world events

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If something is "perceptible," you can "capture" it with your senses. "Perceptible" traces back to the Latin word capere, which means "to take," combined with the prefix per-, which means "thoroughly." It shares the "capere" part of its ancestry with a number of other English words related to seizing or being seized, including "capture," "captor," "captivate," and even "catch."

Examples of perceptible in a Sentence

The sound was barely perceptible. There was a perceptible change in the audience's mood.
Recent Examples on the Web There’s not much perceptible difference between that 2020 event and the triumphant one this September. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 4 Oct. 2021 Nothing outside our intimate lives, not even (or particularly) major racial upheavals in our community, were perceptible objects of Christian concern. Robert P. Jones, Time, 29 Sep. 2021 And in the years since, the ratio has mostly continued to decline — now likely barely perceptible to most outside of the Aleutians or the North Slope. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Sep. 2021 Laid out before him is a vista so vast that the spinning of the earth is perceptible in how the shade creeps down the far-off slopes, and how clouds cast tiny shadows on the valley floor. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 4 Sep. 2021 The dishes are intensely complicated, which in most hands isn't perceptible in the final product and just seems like hype. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, 21 July 2021 But there are still traces, albeit less and less perceptible, bad as well as good, from our 19th-century ancestors that linger. Michaela Coel, Vogue, 20 Sep. 2021 The trembling was not perceptible to humans, but the data underscore the impact large earthquakes have far from their epicenter. al, 17 Aug. 2021 Here the divide wasn't a mountain range, or even a perceptible bump in the landscape., 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of perceptible

1567, in the meaning defined above

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“Perceptible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of perceptible

: able to be seen or noticed : able to be perceived


per·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce perceptible (audio) \

Kids Definition of perceptible

: possible to detect There has been a perceptible change.


per·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ pər-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce perceptible (audio) \

Medical Definition of perceptible

: capable of being perceived especially by the senses barely perceptible motion sound perceptible by the human ear

Other Words from perceptible

perceptibility \ -​ˌsep-​tə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce perceptible (audio) \ noun, plural perceptibilities
perceptibly \ -​blē How to pronounce perceptible (audio) \ adverb

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