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
  1. noun
    perception of that which is obscure
    synonyms: discernment
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    type of:
    knowledge gained by perceiving
  2. noun
    delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
    synonyms: 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
    pop culture, popular culture
    the art, media, and ideas preferred by ordinary people, rather than the educated elite
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    discrimination, secernment
    the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished
  3. noun
    the quality of insight and sympathetic understanding
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    the lack of insight and sympathetic understanding
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    sensitiveness, sensitivity
    the ability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment
  4. noun
    a feeling of understanding
    synonyms: insight, perceptivity
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    refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions
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