Definition of perceptive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈseptɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈseptɪv//
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  1. 1(approving) having or showing the ability to see or understand things quickly, especially things that are not obvious a highly perceptive comment It was very perceptive of you to notice that. a highly perceptive analysis of the problem The article gives a perceptive analysis of the way bureaucracies work.
  2. 2(specialist or formal) connected with seeing, hearing and understanding our innate perceptive abilities
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin perceptivus, from percept- ‘received, understood’, from the verb percipere ‘seize, understand’, from per- ‘entirely’ + capere ‘take’.Word Familyperceive verbperception nounperceptive adjectiveperceptible adjective (imperceptible)
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