Definition of percipience in English:



mass noun
  • The quality of having sensitive insight or understanding; perceptiveness.

    ‘age has not impaired his percipience’
    • ‘The archive he has assembled is utterly unique and is a record of the percipience and acuteness of vision that, come what may, he has persisted in maintaining.’
    • ‘His percipience had been noted in high places, thanks to his lucid and penetrating despatches, and when the Foreign Office requested his services, he found himself with a desk at the British Embassy in Washington.’
    • ‘He is unafraid to mention his own lack of percipience.’
    • ‘This percipience, following on earlier impercipience, is very odd.’
    • ‘But it is a relief to see that the drugs appear to have done no permanent damage, and that age has not otherwise impaired his percipience.’
    perceptiveness, perception, discernment, astuteness, shrewdness, insight, penetration, perspicacity, perspicaciousness, sharpness, sharp-wittedness, quick-wittedness, keen-wittedness, acuteness, acuity, discrimination, clear-sightedness, far-sightedness, intelligence, cleverness, canniness, wit, intuition, intuitiveness, alertness, judiciousness, judgement, wisdom, sagacity, sageness, understanding, sensitivity
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