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
b : sensory
3 of a female animal : willing to copulate with a male a receptive mare

Other Words from receptive

receptively adverb
receptiveness noun
receptivity \ ˌrē-​ˌsep-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce receptive (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 Voters in Virginia, New Jersey and elsewhere seemed more receptive to basic -- and, yes, often base-friendly -- messaging: inflation, gas prices, empty shelves, reliable schools, keeping children safe. Rick Klein, ABC News, 4 Nov. 2021 Thunberg found a receptive audience, as ralliers cheered and hollered in agreement with her pointed remarks., 5 Nov. 2021 It’s the kind of nonsense that’ll find a receptive audience at COP26 in stall after stall advertising the wonders of net-zero pledges. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 28 Oct. 2021 The Hellfighters helped change the tide of World War I and even introduced jazz to a very receptive French audience. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 From the brand marketer’s point of view, finding a receptive audience is important. Kirk Wakefield, Forbes, 7 July 2021 All of these factors have made this moment ripe for hybrid wines to at last find a receptive audience after centuries of ridicule. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 May 2021 In some rural parts of the state, the message should receive a receptive audience. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 May 2021 There is already a receptive audience to the sales pitch, and the strategy is that public support can overcome any congressional misgivings. Josh Boak, ajc, 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of receptive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Receptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of receptive

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


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

Kids Definition of receptive

: willing to consider new ideas


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 receptive (audio) \ noun, plural receptivities

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