Definition of percipient in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈsɪpɪənt/


Having good insight or understanding; perceptive: he is a percipient interpreter of the public mood
More example sentences
  • For years your columnist has been the smartest and most percipient commentator on matters political and was always ahead of the posse.
  • Always inclined to hypochondria, the valedictory volume of his diaries catalogues his decline with percipient accuracy.
  • The ontological principle of sociality is a fundamentally evolutionary concept that describes reality as a process in which percipient events adjust to new situations and adapt themselves to a variety of consentient sets.
astute, perceptive, shrewd, discerning, perspicacious, sharp, sharp-witted, acute, penetrating, discriminating, clear-sighted, clear-eyed, far-sighted, intelligent, clever, canny, intuitive, quick, alert, sensible, judicious, wise, sagacious, sage, incisive, sharp-sighted, far-seeing, open-eyed, understanding, responsive, sensitive
informal on the ball, smart, downy
British informal suss
Scottish & Northern English informal pawky
North American informal heads-up
dated long-headed
rare argute


(Especially in philosophy or with reference to psychic phenomena) a person who is able to perceive things.
Example sentences
  • Results indicated that one of the percipients ' reports should be evaluated with special caution.
  • The experimenter identified problems in visualization protocols, so percipients were instructed to formalize their visualization techniques amongst themselves.
  • This instruction was necessary as some percipients seemed to have deployed protocols that may have encouraged retrocognition and precognition rather than real-time remote viewing.





Mid 17th century: from Latin percipient- 'seizing, understanding', from the verb percipere.

Words that rhyme with percipient

impercipient, incipient, recipient

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