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pərˈsɛp tɪvper·cep·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perceptiveadjective

    of or relating to perception

    "perceptive faculties"

  2. perceptiveadjective

    having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment

    "a perceptive eye"; "a perceptive observation"


  1. perceptiveadjective

    Possesing or exhibiting a high degree of understanding, insight, intuition, or analytical skill; as, he gave a perceptive analysis of the situation.


  1. perceptiveadjective

    having or showing keenness of perception, insight, understanding, or intuition

    He is so perceptive when it comes to other people's feelings.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PERCEPTIVEadjective

    Having the power of perceiving.

    Etymology: perceptus, Lat.

    There is a difficulty that pincheth: the soul is awake and sollicited by external motions, for some of them reach the perceptive region in the most silent repose and obscurity of night: what is it then that prevents our sensations? Joseph Glanvill.

    Whatever the least real point of the essence of the perceptive part of the soul does perceive, every real point of the perceptive must perceive at once. Henry More, Divine Dialogues.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perceptiveadjective

    of or pertaining to the act or power of perceiving; having the faculty or power of perceiving; used in perception

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. perceptif.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perceptive in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perceptive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of perceptive in a Sentence

  1. Robert Russon:

    If I had been asked to provide my own comments on David Goodall, I would have said he is perceptive, brilliant and inventive.

  2. Peter Honey:

    His byline was a drawcard, he was an elegant, balanced writer and a piercingly perceptive reporter one of a small number of South African journalists with the understanding and ability to describe the country and its people in a universal context.

  3. Judy Rogg:

    Erik Robinson was very energetic, very active, very smart, very perceptive, erik Robinson earned Erik Robinson privileges … Erik Robinson had responsibilities and understood them.

  4. Mohammad Mahameed:

    After we implement this pact there will be even more progress on the ground, our backers have a perceptive vision and they see who is effective on the ground and support them.

  5. Ian McKellen:

    The beauty of Shakespeare is that he was so perceptive about human nature. He was so interested in the whole range of people from the top of society to the bottom and everything in between, he was so accurate in understanding our emotions ... and our motives for doing things, that he goes on being relevant.

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