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Definition to be better at noticing or realizing things than most people
  • She made a perceptive observation.
perceptive = of something noticed that many people might have missed
  • a perceptive eye
  • 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
  • perceptive = better at noticing things than most people
  • "That's very perceptive, son," said the sergeant.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • perceptive = insightful (demonstrating a superior ability to notice or understand things)
  • For a grease monkey slash volleyball player, he was pretty perceptive.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • perceptive = better at noticing things than most people
  • You're far more perceptive than most.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • perceptive = better at noticing things than most people
  • Wicked and—of course, perceptive.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • perceptive = to be better at noticing or realizing things than most people
  • Ruth was amazed that her mother was so perceptive.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • perceptive = good at noticing things
  • The perceptive detective noticed every clue at the crime scene.
  • perceptive faculties
  • ...her engaging face, being an open as well as a perceptive one ...
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • She fixed him with her conscious, perceptive eye and asked him if he spoke no French.
    James, Henry  --  The American
  • From the start, he pierced with his perceptive sight Through the veils that hid this evil from light.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • "You know, Rebecca, you're an extremely perceptive person," he says.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • The Whisperer was too perceptive for its own good!
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • There was compassion there, deep and perceptive, as if Langdon somehow knew exactly what she was thinking.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • So much for his perceptiveness.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • "You're very perceptive," Sebastian said after a brief pause.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • She is brave, lovely and, ah-h-h, so perceptive, Jessica thought.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune

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