Definition of perceptible in English:



  • (especially of a slight movement or change of state) able to be seen or noticed.

    ‘a perceptible decline in public confidence’
    • ‘It would be like counting up the least visible bits of a perceptible object.’
    • ‘In the recent past, one has noticed a perceptible shift in the way dance productions have been presented.’
    • ‘This time is the time elapsed before any perceptible change in tension can be measured after peptide exposure.’
    • ‘There is a perceptible change in the party's outlook which will soon percolate down to the basic worker.’
    • ‘So the year has marched on into October and in Scotland at least the change in the calendar has coincided with a perceptible change in the season.’
    • ‘Figures are scattered in the frame, thrown there by the light that renders those spaces visible, perceptible.’
    • ‘Barely perceptible to the casual observer, the creases in his eyes had fallen just a little more than before.’
    • ‘I noticed only the faintest of sound from the rears and did not detect any perceptible subwoofer support.’
    • ‘The piece slows symphonic time so that movement is barely perceptible.’
    • ‘The sense of ownership and belonging was not significant, but it was perceptible.’
    • ‘Big movements designed to intensify economic integration have brought no perceptible economic benefit.’
    • ‘These efforts have brought about a perceptible change in the quality of these libraries.’
    • ‘What's worse, they make it to the other side with no perceptible change of pace.’
    • ‘By observances I mean the tiny perceptible changes in the season, the shadows and mist, the leaves and air.’
    • ‘There is a perceptible change in the attitude and outlook of the workers.’
    • ‘I can't make sense out of debate for the sake of debate when more tangible and perceptible issues of our own lives are left unspoken of.’
    • ‘I observe a barely perceptible deepening of wisdom in the eyes, but I'm not sure that much of this isn't what I want to read into the image.’
    • ‘Takeoff was smooth and utterly quiet, with only a barely perceptible sensation of movement.’
    • ‘This one has a shifty quality: a slight dulling of the focus; a barely perceptible tightening of the lips.’
    • ‘Counterpoint is likely to be most immediately perceptible when the distinct voices use the same material in close proximity.’
    noticeable, perceivable, detectable, discernible
    appreciable, visible, observable, recognizable
    obvious, evident, manifest, patent, clear, distinct, plain, overt, conspicuous, distinguishable, unmistakable, unconcealed, transparent, apparent
    significant, measurable, tangible, palpable
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Late Middle English: from late Latin perceptibilis, from Latin percipere seize, understand (see perceive).