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Definition of received

: generally accepted : common a healthy skepticism about received explanations— B. K. Lewalski

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What was radical thinking in times past has become received wisdom today. traditionally the received opinion was that, in the event of a divorce, the mother should get custody of the children
Recent Examples on the Web Not all communications were well received, underscoring the dangers of taking a stance. NBC News, "Corporate America grapples with what to say — or whether to say anything at all," 1 June 2020 Stamford has so far received $40 million in federal funds, including money aimed at hospitals in coronavirus hot spots, and has furloughed 375 of its workers. Reed Abelson, New York Times, "Hospitals Struggle to Restart Lucrative Elective Care After Coronavirus Shutdowns," 9 May 2020 Blomberg has so far received bills covering only some of her treatment and prescriptions. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "She was asked to pay thousands for her coronavirus treatment, he got a free ride. She's American. He's Italian," 1 May 2020 Ars has reached out to Shadow for further details about the kinks in its Iowa data pipeline but has thus far received no response. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "“Robust,” “scalable” not words that apply to Iowa Dem Caucus app [Updated]," 4 Feb. 2020 Researchers divided 1,178 students into three groups: One group was asked to wear face masks at least six hours per day in their dorm, a second received masks plus hand sanitizer, and a third served as controls. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Every expert opinion you’ve heard about wearing masks is right," 27 Mar. 2020 The facility has so far received five of those patients. Catherine Ho,, "California has lagged on coronavirus testing. That’s starting to change," 19 Apr. 2020 That metadata isn't included in the chirp, but is logged locally in a phone's metadata and can be associated with a received chirp in its contact log. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Can Bluetooth Contact Tracing Apps Really Help Fight Pandemics?," 13 Apr. 2020 The group, called Sewing Masks for Atlanta Hospitals (COVID-19), has so far received requests from 15 different healthcare facilities that have asked for a total of 3,000 masks, according to Kayla Hittig, facilities coordinator for the group. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Groups around the country are sewing masks for hospitals facing dire shortages," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of received

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jun 2020

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“Received.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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formal : widely accepted

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