Definition of perceptive in English:



  • Having or showing sensitive insight.

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