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She made a perceptive observation.
  to be better at noticing things than most people
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perceptive perceptiveness perceptively perceptivity
Strongly Associated with:   perceive, perceive, perception, perception, perceptible
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  • She made a perceptive observation.
  • a perceptive eye
  • You’re far more perceptive than most.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • For a grease monkey slash volleyball player, he was pretty perceptive.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song

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  • Ruth was amazed that her mother was so perceptive.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Wicked and—of course, perceptive.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • the sudden, unexpected gift of peace which they had offered him in their quiet, perceptive way.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • "That’s very perceptive, son," said the sergeant.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • "You’re very perceptive for a guy who can go a whole day without talking," she said, peering up at him.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • "You’re very perceptive," Sebastian said after a brief pause.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • She was perceptive and sensitive but had great difficulty expressing herself in a way that was not off-putting to others, and she got loud and angry when she felt disrespected, which was often.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Kids were perceptive like that, and at eight years old, she’d reached an age where she knew the world wasn’t as simple as she’d once imagined it to be.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Ootek had been taught a few words of English by Mike, and his perceptivity was so excellent that we were soon able to establish rudimentary communications.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Chiron was more perceptive than your average horse-man.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The Whisperer was too perceptive for its own good!
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • And on occasion she came up with unsettlingly perceptive observations.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • But Lorenzo turned out to be a perceptive student.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Mrs. Brown perceptively analyzed the situation by saying, "We don’t have no wheels on our feet, son."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "You’re very perceptive," I said, surprised.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Most people who are able to handle LLI have high levels of empathy and are often very perceptive of others.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • I LIKE TO THINK of myself as a perceptive person (as I suppose we all do) and in setting all this down, it’s tempting to pencil a shadow gliding in overhead.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Very perceptive of you!" she screams over her shoulder.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • The Congolese are skilled at survival and perceptive beyond belief, or else dead at an early age.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The man gave a perceptive smile.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • But you, Sadie—you’re perceptive.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • The intense excitement of the events had no doubt left my perceptive powers in a state of erethism.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Danny is an intelligent, imaginative, perceptive boy.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • At the California Labor School a forceful and perceptive teacher quickly and unceremoniously separated me from melodrama.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • As the more perceptive critics have seen, this is a form of divination.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • His lips held the hint of a smile, but his eyes were still, earnest and, for an instant, disturbingly perceptive.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The elf’s gaze was so perceptive, Eragon was sure that Oromis understood what had transpired.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Your father is many things, but perceptive isn’t one of them.’
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • "That is perceptive enough," Brother Jack said.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Renee is so much more .perceptive than Charlie in some ways.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • She is brave, lovely and, ah-h-h, so perceptive, Jessica thought.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He laughed quietly, his sunken, shrewd eyes sparkling perceptively with a cynical and wanton enjoyment.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He was perceptive enough to know it was not an acceptance, and again doubt assailed him.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • There was compassion there, deep and perceptive, as if Langdon somehow knew exactly what she was thinking.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Nan was too perceptive for him to show his hand in any way, and doing so would just lead to questions that he was not ready to answer.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • A perceptive young man, Lopsang was extremely devoted to Fischer; the Sherpa understood how important it was to his friend and employer to get Pittman to the summit.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Usually there is one hardy and perceptive soul who gets it and asks, with something between a smirk and a cringe, the question I’m hoping for.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • This unsophisticated girl did it by an innate perceptiveness that was almost genius.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Lib is an extremely sensitive, perceptive woman.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • It did not yield to her hand; and the white curtain, drawn across the window which formed the upper section of the door, struck her quick perceptive faculty as something unusual.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Tom had never found any difficulty in discerning a pointer from a setter, when once he had been told the distinction, and his perceptive powers were not at all deficient.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • "You’re pretty perceptive."
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • He wasn’t the type of sheriff who intimidated people on sight, but he was perceptive and diligent and had a way of getting the answers he needed.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • You’re perceptive, Carlos.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The older and more perceptive of the boys realized that the shape of the game had shifted and that if they were to count on him to be there, and to be such a fool as always before, they had to act much more friendly; and the more stupid boys, seeing how well this worked, imitated them as well as they could.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • People already feel that a man who lives without disturbing a curve of feature, or setting a mark of mental concern anywhere upon himself, is too far removed from modern perceptiveness to be a modern type.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
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Associated words [difficulty]:   perceptive [3] , perceive [1] , perceive [1] , perception [2] , perception [2] , perceptible [2]
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