receptive

adjective
re·​cep·​tive | \ ri-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce receptive (audio) \

Definition of receptive

1 : able or inclined to receive especially : open and responsive to ideas, impressions, or suggestions
2a of a sensory end organ : fit to receive and transmit stimuli
3 of a female animal : willing to copulate with a male a receptive mare

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Other Words from receptive

receptively adverb
receptiveness noun
receptivity \ ˌrē-​ˌsep-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce receptivity (audio) , ri-​ \ noun

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Examples of receptive in a Sentence

I was happy to be speaking before such a receptive audience. needed a partner who was receptive to new ways of managing the business
Recent Examples on the Web People at both sessions seemed receptive overall to the idea of the new development. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Developer eyes Berea for new active senior community," 20 Nov. 2020 The phase 3 results are landing in an environment newly receptive to these chemicals long demonized as tools of the counterculture. Ben Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "Jewish psychedelics advocate working to turn club drug into legal medicine," 19 Nov. 2020 Your mouth, nose and eyes have mucous membranes that are potentially receptive to these organisms. Pamela M. Aaltonen, The Conversation, "As CDC warns against Thanksgiving travel, here are a dozen more things you can do to help stop COVID-19," 19 Nov. 2020 Democrats will have a more receptive Oval Office occupant in President-elect Joe Biden. al, "Shelby: ‘Not a lot of room for error’ on $1.4 trillion spending bill," 18 Nov. 2020 Voters across the county — and in Peoria — were receptive to override renewals. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, "Voters reject Peoria Unified School District's bond request for third time. What now?," 12 Nov. 2020 The interaction with the receptive census taker was affirming, Lauren told Reuters, even if the handwritten note may not be reflected in the final results. NBC News, "'We're part of China's population': Gay couples seek recognition in census," 9 Nov. 2020 Or, this version of a Republican Senate may prove more receptive than the Obama-era one to working with Mr. Biden on his economic agenda. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Why the Biden Economy Could Be the Same Long Slog as the Obama Economy," 8 Nov. 2020 Wisconsin voters seem receptive to measures like this, though. Adam Brewster, CBS News, "Wisconsin 2020 election results," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of receptive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of receptive was in the 15th century

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25 Nov 2020

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“Receptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/receptive. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for receptive

receptive

adjective
How to pronounce receptive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of receptive

: willing to listen to or accept ideas, suggestions, etc.

receptive

adjective
re·​cep·​tive | \ ri-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce receptive (audio) \

Kids Definition of receptive

: willing to consider new ideas

receptive

adjective
re·​cep·​tive | \ ri-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce receptive (audio) \

Medical Definition of receptive

1 : open and responsive to ideas, impressions, or suggestions
2a of a sensory end organ : fit to receive and transmit stimuli

Other Words from receptive

receptiveness noun
receptivity \ ˌrē-​ˌsep-​ˈtiv-​ət-​ē, ri-​ How to pronounce receptivity (audio) \ noun, plural receptivities

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