a person or thing that receives; receiver: the recipient of a prize.
receiving or capable of receiving.

1550–60; < Latin recipient- (stem of recipiēns), present participle of recipere to receive; see -ent

nonrecipient, adjective, noun
unrecipient, adjective Unabridged
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recipient (rɪˈsɪpɪənt)
1.  a person who or thing that receives
2.  a less common word for receptive
[C16: via French from Latin recipiēns, from recipere to receive]

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Word Origin & History

1558, from M.Fr. récipient (16c.), from L. recipientem (nom. recipiens), prp. of recipere (see receive).
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Medical Dictionary

recipient re·cip·i·ent (rĭ-sĭp'ē-ənt)
Functioning as a receiver; receptive. n.
One who receives blood, tissue, or an organ from a donor.

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Computing Dictionary

recipient definition

One who receives; receiver. E.g. "No recipient of the e-mail message will know about the other addressees who were listed in the BCC header."

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Example sentences
Then the receiver lateraled the ball, and the recipient lateraled it again.
Use the app to search for gifts by category, recipient, or price.
Custom holds that each recipient selects a musician to deliver a performance as
  part of the ceremony.
In addition to humor, cards require an emotional hook which leaves the sender
  and the recipient feeling better for the experience.
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