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

[Latin percipiēns, percipient-, present participle of percipere, to perceive; see perceive.]

per·cip′i·ence, per·cip′i·en·cy n.


1. able to perceive
2. perceptive
a person or thing that perceives
[C17: from Latin percipiens observing, from percipere to grasp; see perceive]
perˈcipience, perˈcipiency n
perˈcipiently adv


(pərˈsɪp i ənt)

1. perceiving or capable of perceiving.
2. having or showing perception; discerning.
3. one that perceives.
[1655–65; < Latin percipient- (s. of percipiēns), present participle of percipere to take in; see perceive, -ent]
per•cip′i•ence, per•cip′i•en•cy, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.percipient - a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the sensespercipient - a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
eyeglass wearer - a person who wears spectacles in order to see better
discoverer, finder, spotter - someone who is the first to observe something
attender, auditor, hearer, listener - someone who listens attentively
audile - one whose mental imagery is auditory rather than visual or motor
motile - one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
noticer - someone who takes notice; "a careful noticer of details"
seer - an observer who perceives visually; "an incurable seer of movies"
looker, spectator, viewer, watcher, witness - a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind); "the spectators applauded the performance"; "television viewers"; "sky watchers discovered a new star"
visualiser, visualizer - one whose prevailing mental imagery is visual
witness, witnesser, informant - someone who sees an event and reports what happened
Adj.1.percipient - characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving; "clear mind"; "a percipient author"
discerning - having or revealing keen insight and good judgment; "a discerning critic"; "a discerning reader"
References in classic literature ?
Inside this exterior, over which the eye might have roved as over a thing scarcely percipient, almost inorganic, there was the record of a pulsing life which had learnt too well, for its years, of the dust and ashes of things, of the cruelty of lust and the fragility of love.
And I dare say that if a person were to throw his head back and study the fretted ceiling, you would still think that his mind was the percipient, and not his eyes.
Thus in the case of a perception or photograph of a star, the active place is the place where the star is, while the passive place is the place where the percipient or photographic plate is.
As these wireless sensors become internet-connected and operate in heterogeneous networks, they enable percipient systems, that act on all available data from own sensors as well as from the cloud.
17) Such was the paradox of a man whose genius grasped and trusted the percipient power of his chosen art form even in the face of his inner demons.
Delta is effectively the former management team of the Elucigene business, who after advice from OCF, approached equity funder Percipient Capital with a view to raising equity.
Some were designated as experts; others were percipient witnesses.
Szirko, Mariela, "Effects of Relativistic Motions in the Brain & Their Physiological Relevance", Ontology of Consciousness: Percipient Action, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008), p 326.
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, whose Liberal Democratic Party is currently an ally of BNP, however, visibly came defence of Zia saying "she is an astute and percipient politician and the wife of an army general and as such, she can be trusted to make informed observations".
And it is in this experience that the artist and percipient are linked in an integrated whole which includes numerous dimensions, of which two are the ethical and the aesthetic.
This symbolic reference is the active synthetic element contributed by the nature of the percipient.