Definitions

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  • n. perception
  • n. The state or condition of being highly perceptive, as if in an almost hypnotic or telepathic state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The faculty, act or power of perceiving; perception.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as percipiency.

Etymologies

From percipient, itself from the Latin percipiens, the past participle of percipere ("to perceive"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the president got one big thing right a few days ago, and it is incumbent upon fair-minded people to acknowledge his candor and percipience: the Massachusetts Senate race really was a referendum on the Obama agenda.

    Roger’s Rules » Obama Gets It Right

  • Perhaps the intelligent ones have better things to do and the less intelligent ones can't think of any ripostes to your searing wit and percipience.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • It takes great percipience to cut away to the issue of greatest political interest: knaves of fools? foolish knaves? knavish fools? naive-ish noodles?

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

  • I've returned from another Thanksgiving holiday chock full of pumpkin pie wisdom and turkey neck percipience to deliver unto you a new installment of my behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Hail to the Chimp," a politically-charged next-gen party game coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3 this spring.

    Michael Mann: From the Rooter to the Tooter: Studies in Character

  • Incipient doctor intercepts incipient alcoholic with incipient percipience.

    nurse tadpole

  • Most of the time, though, I apply the brakes of caution and keep the initial glint of percipience to myself.

    Critical Conditions

  • And in any event, since the book is, according to Mr. Craft, "never redeemed by novelties of perspective or musical percipience" it follows that he is arguing with views which are already familiar.

    To Criticize the Critic

  • Now, as the dawn comes up and in its light I look at things coldly and dispassionately, as I remind myself of my provocative rudeness to you and your civilised forbearance, as I remember your percipience, I know that I was wrong.

    A Guilty Thing Surprised

  • Of considerable significance, both in view of their author's eminence as a philosopher and their intrinsic percipience, are the statements of Alfred North

    ORIGINS OF RELIGION

  • Her percipience is frightening and her humour prodigious.

    The Saltmarsh Murders

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