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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
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Examples from the web for perceptibly
  • In one culture, a natural, perceptibly healthy body might be considerably larger than in another culture.
  • Previous experiments have shown that neither dose perceptibly harms bees.
  • The audience was going perceptibly more berserk for this particular song.
  • By the nineties, though, the city's politics and culture were shifting perceptibly.
  • Stokes has recently proved with detailed calculations that old windows could not have flowed perceptibly.
  • The real angular size of the moon does not change perceptibly from being overhead to being near the horizon.
  • The floors were spongily carpeted and sloped perceptibly toward the creek in back.
  • He zips up the vertical wall and flings his body skyward, perceptibly higher than anyone else.
  • She stared at its oily surface, which was shimmering perceptibly.
  • The pace of city life slowed perceptibly for the next couple of days in a stupor of disbelief.
British Dictionary definitions for perceptibly


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



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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