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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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Examples from the Web for receptiveness
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  • The height of the plane of absorption depends on the state of receptiveness of the hypnotist more than the subject.

    Professor Huskins Lettie M. Cummings
  • He thought this her unusual wisdom and discernment, never dreaming it had been mostly his training and her receptiveness.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • I did not feel that there was any receptiveness across the ocean for what was resisted here.

  • Was there no place where one could enjoy the art of fellow-artists without having one's spirit jarred out of all receptiveness?

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck
  • This receptiveness to new ideas is one of the most remarkable features in St. Paul's mind.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
  • Here is another test used frequently to test the receptiveness to hypnosis.

  • But the silence seemed now to hold a new element—the element of receptiveness.

    The Furnace Rose Macaulay
  • On the crest of receptiveness he had entered the church, and the phrase of the old peasant woman had caught at his imagination.

    Beggars on Horseback F. Tennyson Jesse
  • The condition is one of excitation and receptiveness, where art may speak and we shall understand.

    Emerson and Other Essays John Jay Chapman
  • It should not allow its own expectations to hinder its receptiveness; to that extent Whistler is right.

    Essays on Art A. Clutton-Brock
British Dictionary definitions for receptiveness


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 receptiveness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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