• WordNet 3.6
    • n perceptiveness the quality of insight and sympathetic understanding
    • n perceptiveness perception of that which is obscure
    • n perceptiveness delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values) "arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success","to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste"
    • n perceptiveness a feeling of understanding
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The book The Doors of Perception, by Aldous Huxley, was the inspiration behind Jim Morrison naming his band The Doors. The book extolls the use of hallucinogenic drugs.
    • n perceptiveness The faculty of perception.
    • n perceptiveness Readiness to acquire knowledge from sensations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Perceptiveness the faculty or power of perceiving: readiness to perceive
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  • Vernon Howard
    “We are enslaved by anything we do not consciously see. We are freed by conscious perception.”
  • Martina Navratilova
    Martina Navratilova
    “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.”
  • Umberto Eco
    Umberto Eco
    “The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.”
  • Van Hartmann
    Van Hartmann
    “Instinct is action taken in pursuance of a purpose, but without conscious perception of what the purpose is.”


In literature:

The silent bright stars comforted the earth-wearied heart in which the day's toil had dimmed the spirit's perception.
"Words of Cheer for the Tempted, the Toiling, and the Sorrowing" by T. S. Arthur
And one was listening with every sense strung to the acutest perception.
"The Two Wives" by T. S. Arthur
And of this truth the minds of all men have a vague perception.
"The Good Time Coming" by T. S. Arthur
But at that moment the words I heard made no perceptible impression on my mind.
"A Strange Story, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Originally he had been a man of the most complex artistic instincts, the most delicate and varied perceptions.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
This is but the perception of the true unreality of earthly things, made evident by the want of congruity between ourselves and them.
"Passages From The American Notebooks, Volume 1" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
He had, in fact, been conscious of him from the very instant of his first perception of him.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole
Luckily she was assisted by a sudden perception of the roof and chimneys of Burwood, the Leyburns' house, peeping above the trees to the left.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The sound of its footfall was just perceptible, slowly diminishing the distance that divided them.
"With Edged Tools" by Henry Seton Merriman
The days were growing perceptibly shorter with each sunset, and the nights were getting chilly.
"The Long Labrador Trail" by Dillon Wallace

In poetry:

I am now in my bearded manhood,
And the finer perceptions then
Have roughen'd and dull'd in their feelings,
Since I stood with my shoulder to men.
"The Worship of Sorrow" by Alexander Anderson
Invitation, mere invitation to perceptivity
Gradually led him to the isolation
Which these presents place
Under a more tolerant, perhaps, examination.
"'The Age Demanded'" by Ezra Pound
Peace, this hid riot, Change,
This revel of quick-cued mumming,
This never truly being,
This evermore becoming,
This spinner's wheel onfleeing
Outside perception's range.
""According to the Mighty Working"" by Thomas Hardy
So, too, at times when melancholy rhymes
Or solemn speeches sober down a dinner,
I've seen it 's true, quite often,--have n't you?--
The best-fed guests perceptibly grow thinner.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The sign is reversing, the orb is enclosed,
The ring is circled, the journey is done;
The box-lid is but perceptibly open'd—nevertheless the perfume pours
copiously out of the whole box.
"A Broadway Pageant" by Walt Whitman
If e'er you believ'd I was blest with perception,
To distinguish a spark from the light of the sun,
O! how could you ever admit the conception,
Another could charm me where you had made one.
"Alas! Forgive Me" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

Featuring four 2-D, computer-created graphic designs on high-pressure laminate, these patterns give the perception of three dimensions through the use of new technologies and software.
But many voters who believe in the Bible will be troubled by the governor's unbiblical perception of God.
Impact of religious accommodation on employee perceptions.
Even self-perception and the sense of time were changed.
Document all potential petfood safety hazards to m. How to overcome negative perceptions in the petfoo.
Presidential Debate #2: CNN's Annoying, Flawed "Perception Analyzer ".
CNN first debuted the "Perception Analyzer " during the debates back in 2008.
Despite enthusiasm, the checks are unlikely to shift perceptions in a major way.
The Red/Blue series: Each month YouGov BrandIndex investigates how consumer political affiliation relates to brand perception.
Mark May's perception of Joe Paterno and Penn State has been forever impacted by the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Gray disappointed in public perception.
Barclays, the British banking behemoth, was caught undercutting (and sometimes overstating) LIBOR to boost profits and bolster perceptions of financial stability.
"Technology has allowed us to overcome the boundaries of human perception".
The AP reports that, in a 2011 survey, 51% of non-Hispanic whites held negative perceptions of Hispanics.
Public perception of Mitt Romney is still largely negative .

In science:

Now suppose there is also a perceiver that has no direct perception of the time t but can only perceive the state i without knowing what t is, getting the corresponding perception pi .
Quantum Mechanics as a Simple Generalization of Classical Mechanics
For simplicity, assume that the perception of each distinct state is distinct, so pi = pj if and only if i = j .
Quantum Mechanics as a Simple Generalization of Classical Mechanics
But because the perceiver has no direct perception of t, for the perceiver only the perceptions pi and their time fractions fi are relevant.
Quantum Mechanics as a Simple Generalization of Classical Mechanics
Although all of this is completely deterministic, for the perceiver it can be interpreted as if it has the perception pi with probability fi .
Quantum Mechanics as a Simple Generalization of Classical Mechanics
One might be interested not merely in the probabilities of the individual perceptions pi , but also in various sets of them, say S .
Quantum Mechanics as a Simple Generalization of Classical Mechanics