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 Familyperceive verbperception nounperceptive adjectiveperceptible adjective (imperceptible) Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin perceptivus, from percept- ‘received, understood’, from the verb percipere ‘seize, understand’, from per- ‘entirely’ + capere ‘take’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: perceptive