from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the power of perceiving, especially perceiving keenly and readily.
  • n. One that perceives.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the ability to perceive, especially to perceive quickly.
  • adj. Perceiving events only in the moment, without reflection, as a very young child.
  • n. One who perceives something.
  • n. One who has perceived a paranormal event.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the faculty of perception; perceiving.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Perceiving; having the faculty of perception.
  • n. One who or that which perceives, or has the faculty of perception.
  • n. Specifically, one to whom the unexpressed thoughts of another (called the agent) are sought to be transferred in conducting telepathic experiments.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving
  • n. a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses


Latin percipiēns, percipient-, present participle of percipere, to perceive; see perceive.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin percipient-, root of percipiens, present participle of percipio ("to perceive") (Wiktionary)



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  • "...although he was wary, percipient, and acute enough to have survived several campaigns in which many of his colleagues had died, some under torture, he was by no means omniscient..."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 34–35

    February 19, 2008