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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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Gamer later argues, percipiently, that "anthologies like Bell's British Album (1790)--refrained careers and even poetic movements" (120); the chapter could perhaps have benefited from greater discussion of how this actually played out through the mechanics of literary production.
In his scrutiny of the Liebig trade cards of circa 1872, which were aimed at marketing Liebig's beef extract popular in the West, Christopher Pinney percipiently sifts through the visual representations of the exotic orientalized world of India depicted on them.
In his concise and masterly Foreword, Owen Knowles percipiently sees something nobler in Conrad's prefaces than Graham's notion: