I became his first love and the mother of his first child and, as such, I have a unique perceptive to share on this man who has fascinated the world.

It is taken from the NOTE TO THE READER section of the book The Bite in the Apple by Chrisann Brennan.

I'm unable to understand the usage of the word perceptive in this context. I think it could be a typo(perhaps should be the word perspective?) by the author. However, I've seen such usage of perceptive over and over again in the same book so I'm even more confused.

  • How are you reading the book? Is it by any chance from an OCR-scanned source? Or possibly an unedited version? Perceptive does not make any sense here to me, either—it has to be a typo for perspective (which makes perfect sense), or possibly the writer just doesn’t know the difference between perceptive and perspective. Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 22:08
  • @JanusBahsJacquet Could also possibly be perception.
    – WS2
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 22:12
  • As I suspected: I just downloaded a sample of the book through iTunes (oh the irony!), and that sample does indeed have perspective, rather than perceptive, as expected. Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 22:15
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    @JanusBahsJacquet: As I was reading your last comment, I was hoping you'd end it with "... perspective, rather than perceptive, as excepted".
    – John Y
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 22:40
  • @JohnY Erm, you lost me there, I’m afraid … that is exactly how the comment ends..? Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 22:41

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It is simply a mistake (typographical error or otherwise). It should be perspective instead of perceptive.

  • As Janus has said; I agree with him that it's too obvious to merit an 'answer'. Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 22:46

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