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percipient

[per-sip-ee-uh nt] /pərˈsɪp i ənt/
adjective
1.
perceiving or capable of perceiving.
2.
having perception; discerning; discriminating:
a percipient choice of wines.
noun
3.
a person or thing that perceives.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin percipient- (stem of percipiēns) present participle of percipere to take in, equivalent to per- per- + -cipi- combining form of present stem of capere to take + -ent- -ent
Related forms
percipience, percipiency, noun
nonpercipience, noun
nonpercipiency, noun
nonpercipient, adjective
unpercipient, adjective
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Examples from the web for percipient
  • Generally, compliance personnel will not testify as experts, but rather as percipient witnesses.
  • Perhaps even more important, the testimony of the percipient witnesses belied the claim of one or minimal blows.
  • Hillier testified at the hearing as a percipient and expert witness.
  • The individual who set the fire was not named in the suit, but he was a percipient witness.
  • Thus, the direct testimony of a custodian or a percipient witness is not required.
  • percipient students of human nature have often made similar observations.
British Dictionary definitions for percipient

percipient

/pəˈsɪpɪənt/
adjective
1.
able to perceive
2.
perceptive
noun
3.
a person or thing that perceives
Derived Forms
percipience, noun
percipiently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin percipiens observing, from percipere to grasp; see perceive
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Word Origin and History for percipient
adj.

1690s, from Latin percipientem, present participle of percipere (see perceive). Earlier in English as a noun, "one who perceives" (1660s).

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