re·​ceived | \ ri-ˈsēvd How to pronounce received (audio) \

Definition of received

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

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Examples of received in a Sentence

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

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Since the release, the diapers have been very well received. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Huggies Uses Black Father On Its Packaging For The First Time," 16 July 2019 One programming choice The Discovery Channel would probably like to take back is the ill-received 2013 fake documentary surrounding modern-day attacks by prehistoric megalodons. NBC News, "Some experts worry Shark Week focuses too much on the sensational, not enough on science," 28 July 2019 In the two years since the incident, Juul has not received FDA approval as a smoking cessation device. Arman Azad, CNN, "Juul went into a ninth-grade classroom and called its device 'totally safe,' teens testify," 25 July 2019 Most important in Pelosi’s case, such a thoroughgoing overhaul of received leadership wisdom would mean countenancing serious personal political risk during the later stages of a long and storied career. Elizabeth Spiers, The New Republic, "Beyond Pelosi," 24 July 2019 The remainder of the light is used to set the phase of its own laser, which is sent back to the master satellite—the received laser light is too weak to just be reflected back. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Satellites play chase to measure gravity, achieve picometer accuracy," 23 July 2019 The discovery of the 95 African American remains received national attention and caused controversy as community members pleaded with the school district to keep the remains at the site. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend leaders approve 95 remains agreement; school district offers $1 million for memorial," 12 July 2019 The received wisdom has long been that this march toward oblivion, once sufficiently advanced, cannot be reversed. Quanta Magazine, "Cellular Life, Death and Everything in Between," 8 July 2019 To avoid the death penalty, Cron pleaded guilty and received life without parole. Matt Goldfarb, CBS News, "Investigation of airman's brutal murder in Japan uncovers deception, fraud and witchcraft," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of received

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of received

formal : widely accepted

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to make or get by devious means

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