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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The inflammation that results from this disease may make the lining of the uterus less receptive to an embryo or cause scarring and blockage of the fallopian tubes, thus preventing fertilization from taking place. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Why Can't I Get Pregnant?," 1 Oct. 2018 Some users may be more receptive to Roku's Wireless Speakers with the Touch remote, because the voice assistant that can control their entire system only responds after they press and hold a button on the remote. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Roku wants to grab audiophiles with its new wireless speakers for Roku TVs," 16 July 2018 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and NEC director Larry Kudlow are more receptive to a deal aimed at lowering the bilateral trade deficit. Jenny Leonard, BostonGlobe.com, "US weighs resuming China talks amid split on Trump trade team," 22 June 2018 The bulk of this year’s deadly flu season was dominated by the H3N2 virus, an influenza A strain that is more severe and less receptive to vaccines than other types of the disease. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "A Second Wave of Flu May Be On the Way, CDC Warns," 27 Mar. 2018 Now, fertility doctors realize that the drugs used to stimulate egg production also makes the uterine lining less receptive to allowing the embryo to implant. Ginger Christ And Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Tours of Ohio fertility clinics show procedures in place to safeguard eggs, embryos (photos, videos)," 25 Mar. 2018 Unlike female lions, which tend to become receptive to mating—also known as coming into heat, or estrus—at the same time, leopards do not. Doug Main, National Geographic, "Why These Leopard Sisters Are Mating With the Same Male," 27 June 2018 While Rice appears receptive to allowing college athletes to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness, her desire to police the AAU circuit shows a curious disconnect in her thinking. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Adidas' relationship with AAU looks sketchy, but it's just free market," 17 May 2018 Through it all, Santana became more receptive to change. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Carlos Santana on poor start with Phillies: 'Check back in September'," 3 May 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

Other Words from receptive

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

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