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perceptive

If someone calls you perceptive, they mean you are good at understanding things or figuring things out. Perceptive people are insightful, intelligent, and able to see what others cannot.

Perceive means "to see"; so, perceptive is a word to describe someone who is good at seeing. Perceptive is derived from the Latin word percipere which means "to obtain or gather." A perceptive person is good at gathering information and using her senses to take in the world. If you are upset but trying to hide it, a perceptive person is the one who will notice.

Definitions of perceptive
  1. adjective
    of or relating to perception
    perceptive faculties”
  2. adjective
    having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment
    “a perceptive eye”
    “a perceptive observation”
    Synonyms:
    acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp
    having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
    apprehensive, discerning
    quick to understand
    apperceptive
    able to relate new percepts to past experience
    insightful
    exhibiting insight or clear and deep perception
    observant, observing
    quick to notice; showing quick and keen perception
    quick-sighted, sharp-eyed, sharp-sighted
    keenly perceptive or alert
    subtle
    able to make fine distinctions
    understanding
    characterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy
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    Antonyms:
    unperceiving, unperceptive
    lacking perception
    blind
    unable or unwilling to perceive or understand
    unobservant, unseeing
    not consciously observing
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