Perceptiveness is the ability to appreciate something of good quality. It takes perceptiveness to tell the difference between a genuine Matisse oil painting and a well-done copy.

You use your perceptiveness to distinguish the flavor of a perfectly ripe peach from one that's not quite ready to be eaten, or to recognize a particularly well-written short story. You can also use the noun perceptiveness to mean a kind of understanding or comprehension — your perceptiveness can help you understand why a tired child is acting out. The Latin origin, also the root of perceive, is percipere, "obtain, gather, or seize," and also "to grasp with the mind."

Definitions of perceptiveness

n perception of that which is obscure

Type of:
knowledge gained by perceiving

n delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

appreciation, discernment, taste
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connoisseurship, vertu, virtu
love of or taste for fine objects of art
style, trend, vogue
the popular taste at a given time
delicacy, discretion
refined taste; tact
the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
New Look
a style of women's clothing created by Christian Dior in 1947; involved a tight bodice and narrow waist and a flowing pleated skirt
the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior
a popular trend that attracts growing support
a culture with lifestyles and values opposed to those of the established culture
mass culture
the culture that is widely disseminated via the mass media
the literary culture
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discrimination, secernment
the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

n the quality of insight and sympathetic understanding

the lack of insight and sympathetic understanding
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sensitiveness, sensitivity
the ability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment

n a feeling of understanding

insight, perceptivity
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refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions

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