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[per-sep-tuh-buh l] /pərˈsɛp tə bəl/
capable of being perceived; recognizable; appreciable:
a perceptible change in his behavior.
Origin of perceptible
1545-55; < Late Latin perceptibilis. See percept, -ible
Related forms
perceptibility, perceptibleness, noun
perceptibly, adverb
nonperceptibility, noun
nonperceptible, adjective
nonperceptibleness, noun
nonperceptibly, adverb
unperceptible, adjective
unperceptibleness, noun
unperceptibly, adverb
Can be confused
perceptible, perceptive.
discernible, apparent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had been for some months in a perceptible decline.
  • At the flick of a switch this vehicle went from petrol to hydrogen fuel with no perceptible change in its handling.
  • Gathering enough of the telltale molecules to make a perceptible mark takes time.
  • Quick on the draw with barely perceptible shutter lag.
  • The compiler shows good judgment, because no squib he fires has not its snap, and there is no perceptible smell of sulphur.
  • Its effects are far too suppressed relative to anything perceptible on a human scale.
  • Medium-sized firms continued to contract, though at a barely perceptible rate.
  • The draft is having a perceptible influence upon the business of marriage licenses.
  • Two heavy showers of rain did not cool off the air to any perceptible extent yesterday.
  • The weather was fair and the wind scarcely perceptible.
British Dictionary definitions for perceptible


able to be perceived; noticeable or recognizable
Derived Forms
perceptibility, noun
perceptibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for perceptible

early 15c., "perceptive," from Late Latin perceptibilis "perceptible," from Latin percept-, past participle stem of percipere (see perceive). Meaning "capable of being perceived" is from c.1600. Related: Perceptibly; perceptibility.

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