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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.
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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"
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1. Capable of being seen:
2. Capable of being noticed or apprehended mentally:
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adjerkennbar; barely perceivablekaum auszumachen or zu erkennen
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He was nowhere to be met with; every search for him was equally unsuccessful, in morning lounges or evening assemblies; neither at the Upper nor Lower Rooms, at dressed or undressed balls, was he perceivable; nor among the walkers, the horsemen, or the curricle-drivers of the morning.
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.
According to the WCAG, website content must be perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust.
Because the terrorist isn't fighting conventional warfare towards a perceivable, traditional end.
Government departments are not required under operational procedures to consult vulnerable groups for their inputs while designing and developing interventions that can have perceivable impacts on them, unless they are large scale infrastructure projects.
It's perceivable proof of our commitment to serve them well.'
There has been a "perceivable fall" in the number of customers at retail fish stalls in Doha as a large number of expatriates, especially families, are away on vacation, say business sources.
"The disappointment in the local area is that the developer has been allowed to change things - such as moving roads around - with no perceivable benefit.