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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.
Our in-person and online events deliver unmatched visibility and sales prospects for all percipients. Through our custom lead generation programs, we provide clients with an ongoing stream of leads that turn into sales opportunities and build databases.
Addressing the percipients on the occasion of inauguration of the first project of Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme in Renala Khurd, the Minister said that PTI government will fulfill all its promises made with the people.
Later, Atif Muneer President and Ahmed Yaseen Sheikh Secretary General Faisalabad Dyes and Chemicals Merchants Association offered vote of thanks to the guests as well as to the percipients of the seminar.
The percipients affirmed on enhancing the internal unity for confront the foreign conspiracies that targeting Yemen.
STACKING EFFECT: A spuriously high (or low) score in a test of ESP when two or more percipients make guesses in relation to the same sequence of targets; it is due to a fortuitous relationship occurring between the guessing biases of the percipients and the peculiarities of the target sequence.
Percipients of Civil Society including Jamil Junejo, Tahira Ali Shah and others also spoke the seminar.
Modifying these perceptions changes reality of the percipients, which is essential if researchers should engage in technology transfer, which is the fuel that drives TTO units and technology transfer.
In other words, Kant was not concerned "to reassure ordinary percipients that their knowledge is trustworthy," but to defend the kind of higher level, theoretical forms of knowledge best exemplified in Newtonian physics.
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