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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.
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.
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.
Train and gear up your people to be percipient and vigilant, and to smile with all the guests.
Yet each portrait is astonishingly percipient, made vital, in the case of Jean Cocteau, by the lift of an eyebrow, or, in his female nudes, by the jut of a hip or throw of a thigh (Fig.
WatchGuard Technologies, a leader in advanced network security solutions, today announced that it has acquired Percipient Networks, a developer of simple, affordable, automated security solutions for small and midsize organizations.
Topics include: fact gathering, fact development, and theory testing; issues related to summary judgment motions and trial impeachment; differences among depositions of experts, percipient witnesses and company representatives pursuant to F.
Within each image an open invitation is challengingly presented to the percipient.
His criteria for including them are that the percipient received a revelation of relevance for the community, the message contained a call for repentance, and the the percipient was a Lutheran.
The firm, Percipient, has closed its seed funding round.
AGENT: In a test of GESP, the individual who looks at the information constituting the target and who is said to "send" or "transmit" that information to a percipient; in a test of telepathy and in cases of spontaneous ESP, the individual about whose mental states information is acquired by a percipient.