receptive

adjective
re·​cep·​tive | \ri-ˈsep-tiv \

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

b : sensory

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, ri-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for receptive

Synonyms

broad-minded, open, open-minded

Antonyms

narrow-minded, unreceptive

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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

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Victories in big steel-producing states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana demonstrated that his tough trade talk had a receptive audience. Zeke Miller And Kevin Freking, chicagotribune.com, "Trump embracing potential for trade war: 'It's time for a change!'," 5 Mar. 2018 This heightened sense of the world beyond their borders seems to make the Puteens more receptive towards it. The Economist, "A generation that has known only Vladimir Putin," 17 Mar. 2018 From an elevated tee, players look down on a spacious fairway that gently bends to the right toward a large green that is receptive to the short iron required for approaches. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods starting to lose patience with his putter after dismal showing at U.S. Open," 15 June 2018 Buzz60 As self-driving vehicle experiments are launched in a few cities around the U.S., Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler and a prominent auto supplier are launching a new one in the place that would seem most receptive: Silicon Valley. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to launch self-driving car service in Silicon Valley," 10 July 2018 The carmakers were receptive to the idea, insiders said. Grace Dobush, Fortune, "The Trump Administration Took Its New Plan to Avoid an EU-U.S. Trade War to a Secret Meeting With German Carmakers," 5 July 2018 But not all bone sarcomas are receptive to the therapy, Pazionis said. Julie Landry Laviolette, miamiherald, "Most of her sarcoma tumors melted away with this clinical trial treatment | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018 It's often said that satire can be the best way to make a statement, as comedy can disarm an audience into being more receptive to a point being made. Mike Bloom, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' Stars Wrestle With Inclusion and Satire Through Stereotypes," 5 July 2018 Would the Cubs be more receptive to a reconciliation if not for a few twists of fate? SI.com, "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of receptive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for receptive

receptive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of receptive

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

receptive

adjective
re·​cep·​tive | \ri-ˈsep-tiv \

Kids Definition of receptive

: willing to consider new ideas

receptive

adjective
re·​cep·​tive | \ri-ˈsep-tiv \

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

b : sensory sense 1

Other Words from receptive

receptiveness noun
receptivity \ˌrē-​ˌsep-​ˈtiv-​ət-​ē, ri-​ \ noun plural receptivities

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