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[ri-sep-tiv] /rɪˈsɛp tɪv/
having the quality of receiving, taking in, or admitting.
able or quick to receive knowledge, ideas, etc.:
a receptive mind.
willing or inclined to receive suggestions, offers, etc., with favor:
a receptive listener.
of or relating to reception or receptors:
a receptive end organ.
(in language learning) of or relating to the language skills of listening and reading (opposed to productive).
Origin of receptive
1540-50; < Medieval Latin receptīvus. See reception, -ive
Related forms
receptively, adverb
[ree-sep-tiv-i-tee] /ˌri sɛpˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
receptiveness, noun
nonreceptive, adjective
nonreceptively, adverb
nonreceptiveness, noun
nonreceptivity, noun
unreceptive, adjective
unreceptively, adverb
unreceptiveness, noun
unreceptivity, noun
3. amenable, hospitable, responsive, open. Unabridged
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  • To the receptive viewer they open whole worlds, dozens of characters, trapdoors of narrative surprise and revelation.
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  • Our insecurities and fears, and need to belong, make us receptive to this exploitation.
  • Studies have shown that they are receptive to subtle cues from electronic text based transmissions.
  • We of all people should be receptive to learning from our mistakes and improving.
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  • Francisco is already receptive to geeks, anarchists and other square pegs.
  • The same research also found that some people have a gene that makes them less receptive to the taste of fat.
  • Some automobile manufacturers are more directly receptive to the sounds of silence, however.
  • Clergymen and popular newspapers preached practical charity to newly receptive audiences.
British Dictionary definitions for receptive


able to apprehend quickly
tending to receive new ideas or suggestions favourably
able to hold or receive
Derived Forms
receptively, adverb
receptivity (ˌriːsɛpˈtɪvɪtɪ), receptiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for receptive

1540s, from Medieval Latin receptivus, from Latin recipere (see receive). Related: Receptivity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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