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tr.v. per·ceived, per·ceiv·ing, per·ceives
a. To become aware of (something) directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing: We could perceive three figures in the fog.
b. To cause or allow the mind to become aware of (a stimulus): The ear perceives sounds.
2. To achieve understanding of; apprehend: Einstein perceived that energy and matter are equivalent. See Synonyms at see1.
3. To regard or consider; deem: an old technology that is still perceived as useful; a politician who is perceived to be a dissembler.

[Middle English perceiven, from Old French perceivre, from Latin percipere : per-, per- + capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

per·ceiv′a·ble adj.
per·ceiv′a·bly adv.
per·ceiv′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.perceivable - capable of being perceived especially by sight or hearing; "perceivable through the mist"
perceptible - capable of being perceived by the mind or senses; "a perceptible limp"; "easily perceptible sounds"; "perceptible changes in behavior"
2.perceivable - capable of being apprehended or understoodperceivable - capable of being apprehended or understood
comprehendible, comprehensible - capable of being comprehended or understood; "an idea comprehensible to the average mind"


1. Capable of being seen:
2. Capable of being noticed or apprehended mentally:


adjerkennbar; barely perceivablekaum auszumachen or zu erkennen
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These, in short, constituted the chief differences perceivable in the relative wealth of the people in Typee.
What similarity was perceivable in the sooty London lodging-house to remind me of the bailiff's flower-scented cottage by the shores of the lake?
A change of expression appeared in her face, as she slowly advanced from the back of the summer-house, which revealed a likeness to her moth er, not perceivable at other times.
From any point of the high ridge of land northward, it might have been discerned that the loftiest buildings made an occasional struggle to get their heads above the foggy sea, and especially that the great dome of Saint Paul's seemed to die hard; but this was not perceivable in the streets at their feet, where the whole metropolis was a heap of vapour charged with muffled sound of wheels, and enfolding a gigantic catarrh.
The mouth, as Hegel liked to point out, is the privileged connection between interior and exterior, between subjectivity and the world of objects--the site where nourishment enters the metabolic system, and thought, via language, becomesy perceivable by the senses.
According to Howard, there would be a shift in the balance, but it would only be perceivable in cases that go as far as eviction hearings in court.
Mr David Hart, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said the report was a 'very serious contribution to the debate' but NUT general secretary Mr Doug McAvoy said it would cause 'great disruption for no perceivable benefit'.
As there was no perceivable injury to the horse, I'm happy with the way the Jockey Club has dealt with the matter, though it was not acceptable that he kicked it.
This proliferation is closely related to the all-but musical counterpoint that is perceivable in Leiviska's work.
During handover, TRUFLE maintains IP address and TCP sessions, allowing IP application continuity of service, and performs this function with no perceivable impact on voice, data or video services - the mobile 4G triple play.
Large-format exhibitions and other events will help Qatar attract more visitors despite the perceivable slowdown in the global economy, according to a Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) official.
The new aptly named WEE directive will add to the costs of manufacturing companies in the electronics sector for no perceivable benefit.