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 Dictionary entry overview: What does perceptive mean? 

PERCEPTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective PERCEPTIVE has 2 senses:

1. of or relating to perception
2. having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment

  Familiarity information: PERCEPTIVE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PERCEPTIVE (adjective)

Sense 1perceptive [BACK TO TOP]


Of or relating to perception

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

perceptive faculties


perception (becoming aware of something via the senses)

Sense 2perceptive [BACK TO TOP]


Having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment

Context examples:

a perceptive eye / a perceptive observation


acute; discriminating; incisive; keen; knifelike; penetrating; penetrative; piercing; sharp (having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions)

apprehensive; discerning (quick to understand)

apperceptive (able to relate new percepts to past experience)

insightful (exhibiting insight or clear and deep perception)

observant; observing (quick to notice; showing quick and keen perception)

quick-sighted; sharp-eyed; sharp-sighted (keenly perceptive or alert)

subtle (able to make fine distinctions)

understanding (characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy)


unperceptive (lacking perception)

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