percipient

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj percipient characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving "clear mind","a percipient author"
    • n percipient a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Percipient Having the faculty of perception; perceiving; as, a percipient being.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • percipient Perceiving; having the faculty of perception.
    • n percipient One who or that which perceives, or has the faculty of perception.
    • n percipient Specifically, one to whom the unexpressed thoughts of another (called the agent) are sought to be transferred in conducting telepathic experiments.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Percipient per-sip′i-ent perceiving: having the faculty of perception
    • n Percipient one who perceives or who has the power of perceiving
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. percipiens, -entis, p. pr. of percipere,. See Perceive

Usage

In literature:

SOCRATES: Then, if that which acts upon me has relation to me and to no other, I and no other am the percipient of it?
"Theaetetus" by Plato
The real space is public, the apparent space is private to the percipient.
"The Problems of Philosophy" by Bertrand Russell
And how came the percipient here?
"Biographia Literaria" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
They sought to obviate this difficulty by blindfolding the percipient, and by placing non-conductors of sound over his ears.
"Clairvoyance and Occult Powers" by Swami Panchadasi
He also communicated a "private token" to Parker, the "percipient," Sir George's old servant.
"The Book of Dreams and Ghosts" by Andrew Lang
The percipient, General Sir Arthur Becher, had seen other uncanny visions.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
Percipience in itself is taken for granted.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
In the mouth of the Theist, God signifies an entity, spiritual and percipient, distinct from matter.
"Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws" by James Buchanan
Let A and P begin their trial, then, in quiet and calm of mind; let A, the agent, sit behind P, the percipient, and not in contact.
"The Arena" by Various
Percipient: with the power of perceiving.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
It is only with a comparative fraction of the organism that I am related as a passively percipient intelligence.
"Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge" by Alexander Philip
Here, then, are the probable conditions; also the state of the agent and percipient.
"The Problems of Psychical Research" by Hereward Carrington
We next come to consider the percipient mind.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
These sets have to be learned by heart by the agent and the percipient.
"Telepathy" by W. W. Baggally
For how can there be perception without a percipient?
"Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics" by William Thomas Thornton
Nothing can be more certain than that, apart from percipience, there is no matter that matters.
"God and Mr. Wells" by William Archer
All things exist as they are perceived; at least in relation to the percipient.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
Miss R. as percipient, in contact with Miss E. as agent.
"Psychic Phenomena" by Edward T. Bennett
Statements which set forth the doctrine will always be found to refer to the organic factor, to the eye, as an observer or a percipient.
"Creative Intelligence" by John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
Usher, like Miss Miles, invariably acted as the sender of the telepathic communications, while Mr. Burt was the percipient.
"Adventurings in the Psychical" by H. Addington Bruce
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In science:

Einstein, commenting on the orthodox Copenhagen position, said: “What I dislike about this kind of argument is the basic positivistic attitude, which from my view is untenable, and seems to me to come to the same thing as Berkeley’s principle , esse est percipi,” ‘to be is to be perceived’.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
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