Definition of perceptive in English:

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Pronunciation: /pərˈseptiv/


Having or showing sensitive insight: an extraordinarily perceptive account of their relationship
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  • You are perceptive and sensitive so listen to your intuition or gut feelings.
  • I felt he was a sensitive, poetic, perceptive and natural person.
  • The answer was not the result of any particularly perceptive insight; nor was I alone in giving it.
insightful, discerning, sensitive, intuitive, observant;
piercing, penetrating, percipient, perspicacious, penetrative, clear-sighted, farsighted, intelligent, clever, canny, keen, sharp, sharp-witted, astute, shrewd, quick, smart, acute, discriminating
informal on the ball, right-brained, heads-up, with it



Pronunciation: /pərˈseptivlē/
Example sentences
  • I hadn't taught Mark but the teachers who did said he was good-humoured, mild-mannered, a clever lad who answered perceptively but didn't want to draw attention to himself.
  • He therefore cleverly and perceptively shows through this creative example how an ‘enlightened false consciousness’ might arise from excessive introspection.
  • As she perceptively notes, this vision of a global system represents a new phase of capitalism which is ‘more universal, more unchallenged, more pure and more unadulterated than ever before’.


Pronunciation: /pərˈseptivnəs/
Example sentences
  • She is known for her intelligence, dry sense of humour, practicality and perceptiveness, almost as much as for her immense wealth.
  • Observe everything with extraordinary perceptiveness and insight.
  • His intuitive culinary perceptiveness and sophisticated approach to food culminate in his presentation of world-class cuisine served in the heart of New York City.


Pronunciation: /ˌpərsepˈtivitē/
Example sentences
  • Eloquence and perceptivity did not make Churchill prime minister of Great Britain; it was the fall of France that did so.
  • My thanks to him for his perceptivity.
  • Instead, as he shows with great perceptivity, it is the really motivated electorate that is taking to Web technologies with a vengeance.

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Syllabification: per·cep·tive

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