Definition of perceptive in English:



  • Having or showing sensitive insight:

    ‘an extraordinarily perceptive account of their relationship’
    • ‘Natives of the Taurus-Scorpio group are enormously perceptive and highly sensitive.’
    • ‘The pathos of this account is well complemented by a robust sense of humour and perceptive insights into human nature.’
    • ‘I felt he was a sensitive, poetic, perceptive and natural person.’
    • ‘She had always been quiet as a child, thoughtful and passive but very intuitive and perceptive.’
    • ‘While in general that's a remarkably perceptive observation, somehow it does not seem to apply to this place.’
    • ‘You are perceptive and sensitive so listen to your intuition or gut feelings.’
    • ‘But no other book of the period offers such a perceptive account of how the colonial bourgeoisie lived and thought.’
    • ‘This man is part of history and his observations were perceptive, wise, eloquent, witty and charming.’
    • ‘He was friendly, though, and very perceptive and sharp, but oftentimes he let his pen do the talking for him.’
    • ‘What an extraordinarily perceptive insight into so much of the rage that inflames the world today.’
    • ‘It provides a perceptive insight into one of the great maritime mysteries of modern times.’
    • ‘It also offers some perceptive insights into the personal and political place of art in modern life.’
    • ‘The answer was not the result of any particularly perceptive insight; nor was I alone in giving it.’
    • ‘The witticisms of Oscar Wilde are without a doubt some of the most amusing and perceptive observations on society.’
    • ‘She has such a sharp and perceptive intellect and can express complex ideas really clearly.’
    • ‘We grow more sensitive, more perceptive, more aware of others.’
    • ‘It is both a wry and perceptive critique of the colonial system and a sharply observed account of childhood.’
    • ‘It is a perceptive account of life in an occupied city, in which victors and vanquished alike are corrupted and demoralized.’
    • ‘It is here that the conscious thought and the perceptive experience flow.’
    • ‘You are subtle and gracious yet keenly perceptive and observant at work, missing nothing but noting every detail or omission.’
    insightful, discerning, responsive, sensitive, observant
    piercing, penetrating, percipient, perspicacious, penetrative, intelligent, clever, canny, keen, sharp, sharp-witted, quick-witted, astute, shrewd, subtle, quick, ready, clear, acute, discriminating
    intuitive, thoughtful, deep, profound
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