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Lacking perception; not perceptive.

im′per·cep′tive·ness, im′per·cep·tiv′i·ty n.


lacking in perception; obtuse
ˌimperˈception n
ˌimperˈceptively adv
ˌimpercepˈtivity, ˌimperˈceptiveness, ˌimperˈcipience n


(ˌɪm pərˈsɛp tɪv)

not perceptive.
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Unjustifiably convinced of her own superiority, this cantankerous harridan is horribly argumentative and so crashingly imperceptive she always gets the wrong end of the stick.
Mann imitated the modest, self-effacing, pedantic and long-winded tone of Conrad's professor of languages in the opening paragraphs of Under Western Eyes when portraying his similar character, Serenus Zeitblom, the deliberately imperceptive narrator of Doctor Faustus.
The passage Lidia undergoes from evasion of reality to a rediscovery of her own city finds a suggestive parallel in Agnes Varda's contemporary Cleo de 5 a 7 (1961) where the fear of terminal disease brings the imperceptive and materialistic Cleo from window shopping and masquerade to flanerie and objectification.
Any visitor to or citizen of Edinburgh grasps the riddle of past and future as certain as that rooftop cat and as imperceptive as the passage of time itself in the mind of Professor Geddes.
Having enjoyed enormous prosperity from the imperceptive punditry pioneered by Rush Limbaugh and perfected by Fox News, the profitable ecosphere of right-wing media is beginning to crack at the seams.
Parents who are emotionally available and provide prompt, sensitive and appropriate responses to infant cues facilitate a secure or high quality type of attachment, whereas parents who are emotionally unavailable, imperceptive and provide inconsistent, insensitive, rare, intrusive or inadequate responses facilitate insecure types of attachment (Boris, Aoki, & Zeanah, 1999; Steele, Steele, & Croft, 2008; Ziv, Aviezer, Gini, Sagi, & Koren-Karie, 2000).
To the imperceptive mind, however, their function as democratic pedagogy is easily overshadowed by their practical utility or entertainment value.
For some imperceptive reason you seem more positive.
But James, 'having been denied baptism by my parents, marriage by obtuse and imperceptive man,' is determined 'to assist myself at this first and last ceremony' (216).
What makes the malaise all the more alarming is the visceral, imperceptive character of much of the response to it.
Learning to look beyond the obvious is that fine line that constitutes the difference between erotic and pornographic, nude and naked, logical and emotional, religious belief and imperceptive doctrines and ultimately right from wrong.
It said that the Obama Administration was compelled to react in the manner it did shows that a certain amount of desperation is creeping into Washington about Pakistan's weak government and imperceptive military leadership.