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  • n. The faculty, act or power of perceiving; perception.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or power of perceiving; the state of being percipient; perception.
  • n. Specifically, the state of mind, faculty, or mental processes of a percipient. See percipient, n., 2.


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  • Eve's fair daughters have always an eye for the discernment and evolution of love's mysterious workings; and often detect the existence of the tender passion, where the percipiency of their lords 'mental penetralia fails to enlighten them on its presence.

    Fern Vale (Volume 1) or the Queensland Squatter

  • Well, therefore, may it be imagined that the pipe is "the friend of the people;" and that, not only of the canaille, the "great unwashed," but the entire nation; who in this day of general enlightenment and mental percipiency, have not failed to distinguish its claims, and to "render homage where homage is due."

    Fern Vale (Volume 1) or the Queensland Squatter

  • He will support his arguments with many stories of the wonderful instinct and percipiency displayed by his animals; all of which stories, though exceedingly marvellous, obtain implicit credence in the mind of the narrator; and only come short, in point of hyperbolical marvel, of the wonderful utterance of Tom Connor's cat, in the plain Anglo-Saxon vernacular.

    Fern Vale (Volume 1) or the Queensland Squatter

  • The review amused me by hitting on the right meaning there, and besides by its percipiency about your remembering me during your travels in the East, and sending me home the Cyprus wine.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • The accidents which pass during the months of percipiency in the womb of the mother produce a real effect.

    Enquiry Concerning Political Justice


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