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Friday, April 12, 2013

percipient

\per-SIP-ee-uhnt\ , adjective;
1.
having perception; discerning; discriminating: a percipient choice of wines.
2.
perceiving or capable of perceiving.
noun:
1.
a person or thing that perceives.
Quotes:
"You're more percipient than you look," she said with a grin. "And percipient enough not to use that word instead of perceptive, which is what it really means."
-- Carolyne Aarsen, Love Is Patient and A Heart's Refuge, 2010
The Kallinskis exchanged swift and percipient glances. Abraham nodded his head in answer to his wife's unspoken question, which in her usual way she had communicated to "him with her expressive eyes."
-- Barbara Taylor Bradford, Women of Substance, 2006
Origin:
Percipient entered English in the mid-1600s from the Anglo-Norman perceivre meaning "to take notice of."
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