Percipient meaning

pər-sĭpē-ənt
A person who perceives.
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Having the power of perceiving, especially perceiving keenly and readily.
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One that perceives.
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Perceiving, esp. keenly or readily.
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Having the ability to perceive, especially to perceive quickly.
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(psychology, education, dated) Perceiving events only in the moment, without reflection, as a very young child.

Over time children advance from the percipient stage to the perceptive stage, in which they begin to reflect on the significance of events.

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(philosophy, psychology) One who perceives something.
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(parapsychology) One who has perceived a paranormal event.

In the course of investigating the haunting, I interviewed several percipients.

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Origin of percipient

  • Latin percipiēns percipient- present participle of percipere to perceive perceive

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin percipient-, root of percipiens, present participle of percipio (“to perceive")

    From Wiktionary