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perceptive (adj) capable of understanding things quickly, especially difficult things and of noticing things that are not obvious.

When you are perceptive you are capable of noticing things, not so easily noticeable; of understanding things that need thinking. You are perceptive if you can imagine aright what is happening or what someone is thinking.

  • He was perceptive enough to understand that they did not like his presence there. Though they did not tell him so, in so many words, he could notice it from their faces and tone.
  • His perceptive analysis of the report and his conclusions proved to be correct. He was able to see the import of the report correctly.
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