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pərˈsɛp tə bəlper·cep·ti·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perceptibleadjective

    capable of being perceived by the mind or senses

    "a perceptible limp"; "easily perceptible sounds"; "perceptible changes in behavior"

  2. perceptibleadjective

    easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind

    "a perceptible sense of expectation in the court"

  3. detectable, perceptibleadjective

    easily seen or detected

    "a detectable note of sarcasm"; "he continued after a perceptible pause"


  1. perceptibleadjective

    Able to be perceived, sensed, or discerned.

    Her voice was barely perceptible over the noise, but her gestures made her meaning clear.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PERCEPTIBLEadjective

    Such as may be known or observed.

    Etymology: perceptible, Fr. perceptus. Lat.

    No sound is produced but with a perceptible blast of the air, and with some resistance of the air strucken. Francis Bacon.

    When I think, remember or abstract; these intrinsick operations of my mind are not perceptible by my sight, hearing, taste, smell or feeling. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    It perceives them immediately, as being immediately objected to and perceptible to the sense; as I perceive the sun by my sight. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    In the anatomy of the mind, as in that of the body, more good will accrue to mankind by attending to the large, open and perceptible parts, than by studying too much finer nerves. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man.


  1. perceptible

    Perception (from Latin perceptio 'gathering, receiving') is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the presented information or environment. All perception involves signals that go through the nervous system, which in turn result from physical or chemical stimulation of the sensory system. Vision involves light striking the retina of the eye; smell is mediated by odor molecules; and hearing involves pressure waves. Perception is not only the passive receipt of these signals, but it is also shaped by the recipient's learning, memory, expectation, and attention. Sensory input is a process that transforms this low-level information to higher-level information (e.g., extracts shapes for object recognition). The process that follows connects a person's concepts and expectations (or knowledge), restorative and selective mechanisms (such as attention) that influence perception. Perception depends on complex functions of the nervous system, but subjectively seems mostly effortless because this processing happens outside conscious awareness. Since the rise of experimental psychology in the 19th century, psychology's understanding of perception has progressed by combining a variety of techniques. Psychophysics quantitatively describes the relationships between the physical qualities of the sensory input and perception. Sensory neuroscience studies the neural mechanisms underlying perception. Perceptual systems can also be studied computationally, in terms of the information they process. Perceptual issues in philosophy include the extent to which sensory qualities such as sound, smell or color exist in objective reality rather than in the mind of the perceiver.Although people traditionally viewed the senses as passive receptors, the study of illusions and ambiguous images has demonstrated that the brain's perceptual systems actively and pre-consciously attempt to make sense of their input. There is still active debate about the extent to which perception is an active process of hypothesis testing, analogous to science, or whether realistic sensory information is rich enough to make this process unnecessary.The perceptual systems of the brain enable individuals to see the world around them as stable, even though the sensory information is typically incomplete and rapidly varying. Human and other animal brains are structured in a modular way, with different areas processing different kinds of sensory information. Some of these modules take the form of sensory maps, mapping some aspect of the world across part of the brain's surface. These different modules are interconnected and influence each other. For instance, taste is strongly influenced by smell.


  1. perceptible

    Perceptible refers to something that can be seen, detected, noticed, or sensed, often through one's senses including touch, sight, hearing, taste or smell. In other words, it's anything that can be perceived or recognized by the mind or senses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perceptibleadjective

    capable of being perceived; cognizable; discernible; perceivable

  2. Etymology: [L. perceptibilis: cf. F. perceptible. See Perceive.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perceptible in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perceptible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of perceptible in a Sentence

  1. Julia Graham:

    There is a small but perceptible increase, the sectors that are more sophisticated - financial services, law, tech companies, pharma companies - those are the early entrants.

  2. Goethe:

    We cannot too soon convince ourselves how easily we may be dispensed with in the world. What important personages we imagine ourselves to be! We think that we alone are the life of the circle in which we move; in our absence, we fancy that life, existence, breath will come to a general pause, and, alas, the gap which we leave is scarcely perceptible, so quickly is it filled again; nay, it is often the place, if not of something better, at least for something more agreeable.

  3. Archibald MacLeish:

    The American mood, perhaps even the American character, has changed. There are few manifestations any longer of the old American self-assurance which so irritated Dickens. Instead, there is a sense of frustration so perceptible that even our politicians have attempted to exploit it.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    We’re not finding Donald Trump’s troops on the ground. They don’t have an organization that is perceptible.

  5. Mardonn Chua and Alex Lee:

    The big secret here is that most compounds in wine have no perceptible impact on the flavor or the aroma.

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