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The car makes a barely perceptible clicking sound at high speeds.
  capable of being noticed — typically because it is different enough or large enough
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perceptible perceptibly perceptibility
Strongly Associated with:   perceive, perceive, perception, perception, perceptive
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  • The car makes a barely perceptible clicking sound at high speeds.
  • a perceptible limp
  • he continued after a perceptible pause
  • perceptible changes in behavior

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  • a perceptible sense of expectation in the court
  • But watching the movement of the water against his hand he noted that it was perceptibly slower.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • But in the song there was a secret little inner song, hardly perceptible, but always there, sweet and secret and clinging, almost hiding in the counter-melody, and this was the Song of the Pearl That Might Be, for every shell thrown in the basket might contain a pearl.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • The spark, however, was perceptible.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • The room begins to darken perceptibly now.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • "Asheville is the last safe haven in the East," the man replied, his words barely perceptible now, nothing but dry, faint rasps.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order

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  • The wolf ran hard for fifty yards without gaining perceptibly on the fawn, then suddenly broke off the chase and trotted back to rejoin his fellows.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • When Bast finally turned from the bar, Chronicler’s eyes widened perceptibly, and the color drained from his already pale face.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • But now, too, I see the first lines at the corners of her mouth, a strand (or two or three) of silvery hair, the barest perceptible sag to her cheek.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I expect the weight of the blade to pull against me, but it’s barely perceptible as it slides into the scabbard.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I catch her eyes widen almost im— perceptibly with the initial shock of pain before they narrow again.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • It’s not the lifting and cleaning, the medicines and wipes, and the distant but somehow always perceptible smell of disinfectant.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Matthew’s glance moved from the shawl to his daughter’s quiet eyes, and barely perceptibly the grim line of his jaw relaxed.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • An elderly, preternaturally tanned man—the mayor, somebody explains— waits with a white handkerchief in his big sailor’s hands, a barely perceptible shake showing in his wrists.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Only one white family actively participates in island life to any perceptible degree.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • A perceptible chill rippled from my heart through the rest of my body.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • He glanced sharply from under his brows at Jamie; there was a scarcely perceptible nod in response.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • There is no possibility that any perceptible change will happen within our own lifetime.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Simon turned away from them and went where the just perceptible path led him.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • His shoulders drooped perceptibly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • It was subtle but perceptible, and more pronounced with words that began with /.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Zakariyya looked to the ground and nodded, the corners of his mouth turning up into a barely perceptible smile.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • The baronet’s face perceptibly lengthened.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • A band of orange and yellow ignited the sky, glorious and unexpected, as spectacular as fireworks, but changing at a stately, barely perceptible pace.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • The ragged circle around him moved perceptibly closer.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Passepartout shook it, but with no perceptible effect; for neither shaking nor maledictions could prevail upon it to change its mind.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Lucy’s heart beat a trifle more audibly to the stethoscope, and her lungs had a perceptible movement.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • A book lay spread on the sill before her, and the scarcely perceptible wind fluttered its leaves at intervals.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • But that thing of his dissembling was only subject to his perceptibility, not to his will determinate.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • There was a barely perceptible pause.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • It was only round the edge of the common that any disturbance was perceptible.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • A hardly perceptible shiver ran through the stem and up into the branches; the leaves rustled and whispered, but with a sound now of faint and far-off laughter.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Her face, above a spotted dress of dark blue crepe-de-chine, contained no facet or gleam of beauty, but there was an immediately perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smouldering.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The light of an obscure moon was just sufficient to render objects, though dim, perceptible in their outlines.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • He just looked at her with his sad eyes, then, barely perceptibly, he nodded.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • ’You will tell me a different tale one of these days,’ said Harry, colouring without any perceptible reason.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • For a time the girl refused to notice; but her human curiosity presently began to manifest itself by hardly perceptible signs.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • I can remember no symptom of affection on either side; and had anything of the kind been perceptible, you must be aware that ours is not a family on which it could be thrown away.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Even on stealth-sensitive radar he would be no more than a barely perceptible distortion.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Her thought was clearly perceptible, but she uttered no name, she made no complaint, she blamed no one.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The bottle was emptying perceptibly and rising still higher and his head tilting yet further back.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • On 11 August the nervous tension in the building rose perceptibly.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The jerks perceptibly diminished; as the sled gained momentum, he caught them up, till it was moving steadily along.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • It seemed to Simon—the first to admit that he was not that observant about these things—that despite the joking around in the car, a perceptible distance had come between Magnus and Alec recently, one he couldn’t quite put a finger on, but he knew it was there.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "It’s a happy thing to be satisfied," said Mr. Shelby, with a slight shrug, and some perceptible feelings of a disagreeable nature.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • About five o’clock in the evening the island was distinct, and everything on it was plainly perceptible, owing to that clearness of the atmosphere peculiar to the light which the rays of the sun cast at its setting.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
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Associated words [difficulty]:   perceptible [2] , perceive [1] , perceive [1] , perception [2] , perception [2] , perceptive [3]
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