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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.
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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
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(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.
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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"
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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.
We may call the two places the active and passive places respectively.* 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.
Mayer to Vincente Minnelli, about whom he is particularly percipient. Comparing Minnelli to his idol, the waspish James McNeill Whistler, Clarke says of the inarticulate Minnelli that he "could scarcely make a point, let alone a witticism."
One need not conclude that Bartlet has the whole truth, but nevertheless is may be suggested that since, as Kelly points out, reception is frequently associated with recognition, and since we are speaking of the unity of the church, and not simply of its percipient intellectuals, the recognition by one (perhaps unlettered) Christian that another person, from however "alien" a tradition, nevertheless shares an experienced faith-commitment to Christ is a discovery by no means insignificant.
To recall a percipient slogan from the 1960s, I'd rather have my president (and even my generals) make love than war.
This thesis, a welcome relief from studies that have ignored religion's importance in building society, has endeared Gauchet to some, leading them overlook in him the percipient and remorseless atheist whose view of religion is that of the Enlightenment and of Feuerbach.
The lynx was traditionally considered a sharp-sighted animal, far-seeing and percipient, an apt metaphor for Venetian diplomatic acumen in dealing with their Turkish neighbor to the east, sometimes as an enemy and sometimes as an ally.
There is first the percipient event, that chunk of space-time which is the standpoint of some observation of nature.
Witt was almost seventy when he wrote it, and there is a suggestion of quaintness about much of what he has to say as when he asks whether any system in today's world better preserves the outlook of the mysteries than freemasonry and refers to `the percipient genius of Mozart in The Magic Flute' (157).
At the mediation, after opening statements by counsel, there may be presentations by experts or by one or two key percipient witnesses, usually followed by some group discussion of important issues.
Yet, if these remarks ring true today, that is because Hegel said something profound and percipient about the fate of art in the modem world.