adjective Date: 1567 capable of being perceived especially by the senses <
a perceptible change in her tone
a barely perceptible light
perceptibility nounperceptibly adverb Synonyms: perceptible, sensible, palpable, tangible, appreciable, ponderable mean apprehensible as real or existent. perceptible applies to what can be discerned by the senses often to a minimal extent <
a perceptible difference in sound to a careful listener
. sensible applies to whatever is clearly apprehended through the senses or impresses itself strongly on the mind <
an abrupt, sensible drop in temperature
. palpable applies either to what has physical substance or to what is obvious and unmistakable <
the tension in the air was almost palpable
. tangible suggests what is capable of being handled or grasped both physically and mentally <
no tangible evidence of UFOs
. appreciable applies to what is distinctly discernible by the senses or definitely measurable <
an appreciable increase in income
. ponderable suggests having definitely measurable weight or importance <
exerted a ponderable influence on world events

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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