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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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  • That slighting reference to gentlemen adventurers, with just a perceptible emphasis of the adventurers, was not to his taste.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • "Yes—Paulina," he said, with a just perceptible delay before the name.

    The Long Run Edith Wharton
  • Thus even in Ethics there is now perceptible in some quarters a tendency to repudiate the normative standpoint.

    The Group Mind William McDougall
  • Thus the annihilation of the perceptible involves that of perception.

    The Categories Aristotle
  • Then there came a brief pause of extraordinary deep quiet, a sudden cessation of all perceptible sounds and movements.

    The Devil's Garden W. B. Maxwell
  • But the annihilation of perception does not involve that of the perceptible.

    The Categories Aristotle
  • Nor had she lost to any perceptible degree her rare good looks.

    Famous Prima Donnas Lewis Clinton Strang
  • Such corruption is perceptible not only in ourselves but in others.

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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