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[per-sep-tiv] /pərˈsɛp tɪv/

having or showing keenness of insight, understanding, or intuition:
a perceptive analysis of the problems involved.
having the power or faculty of .
of, relating to, or showing .
quick at perceiving; observant
able to perceive

1650s, from Latin percept-, past participle stem of percipere (see perceive) + -ive. In reference to intelligence from 1860. From mid-15c. as the name of a type of optical instrument. Related: Perceptively; perceptiveness.

perceptive per·cep·tive (pər-sěp’tĭv)

per’cep·tiv’i·ty (pûr’sěp-tĭv’ĭ-tē) or per·cep’tive·ness n.


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