1. perceptive

adjective. ['pɝˈsɛptɪv'] having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment.


  • apperceptive
  • understanding
  • penetrating
  • subtle
  • piercing
  • incisive
  • quick-sighted
  • sharp
  • discerning
  • knifelike
  • observing
  • acute
  • keen
  • insightful
  • discriminating
  • sharp-sighted
  • observant
  • apprehensive
  • sharp-eyed


  • dull
  • incomprehension
  • harmless
  • palpable

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Rhymes with Perceptive

  • contraceptive
  • unreceptive
  • receptive
  • deceptive

Sentences with perceptive

1. Adjective
They are said to have psychic powers and to be intelligent and perceptive.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Some dogs particularly perceptive at reading human body language may become adept at warning of oncoming seizures.

Quotes about perceptive

1. There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.
- Ansel Adams

2. There's nothing more embarrassing than to have earned the disfavor of a perceptive animal.
- Michael Chabon, Wonder Boys

3. There are two paths of which one may choose in the walk of life; one we are born with, and the one we consciously blaze. One is naturally true, while the other is a perceptive illusion. Choose wisely at each fork in the road.
- T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"