received

adjective

Definition of received

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

Examples of received in a Sentence

  1. What was radical thinking in times past has become received wisdom today.

  2. traditionally the received opinion was that, in the event of a divorce, the mother should get custody of the children

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First Known Use of received

15th century


RECEIVED Defined for English Language Learners

received

adjective

Definition of received for English Language Learners

  • : widely accepted



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