from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Imperceptive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not perceiving; having no power to perceive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not perceiving, or not able to perceive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Lacking perception; unable to perceive


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  • Now, forgive me if I seem impercipient here, but doesn't it all depend on who makes the decision?

    Take your heart and run!

  • In person, Dr. Bonaday was remarkable for a completely bald head, a hooked nose, and a pair of vague, impercipient eyes, as of an owl astray and blinking in the sunlight.

    Major Vigoureux

  • Imogen had sunk for a moment under the horrors that threatened her, but she had not been so far impercipient as not to hear the murmuring of the thunder, and to see the gleam of the lightning.

    Imogen A Pastoral Romance

  • Infinite Jest before writing her original impercipient review, and her appraisal remedies little.

    Jonathan Goodwin


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  • I think this word looks madeupical.

    "'I had no notion of your far more grievous reasons,' he replied. 'It was deeply impercipient.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, Blue at the Mizzen, 125

    March 27, 2008

  • Maybe it means someone with the gift of being able to see fairies, sprites, leprechauns, kobolds, and those Icelandic traffic gnomes that hang out at major intersections.

    March 27, 2008

  • Icelandic traffic gnomes?

    March 27, 2008

  • Major intersections?

    March 27, 2008

  • Reykjavik traffic gnomes

    Act I, which begins at the 5-minute mark explains it all.

    Act II (the mayor and the ferrets) is also worth listening to, if only to remind us of the bullet dodged vis-a-vis the Republican presidential nomination.

    March 28, 2008