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
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 How to pronounce receptivity (audio) , 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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There are few environments as likely to drive people to drink as the Las Vegas Convention Center, so LG may well find a receptive audience for the HomeBrew at CES 2019. Sam Byford, The Verge, "LG will show a ‘capsule-based craft beer’ machine at CES next month," 11 Dec. 2018 And third, some have paid for this commitment by being purged from institutions that have become increasingly hostile to unorthodox thought — and have found receptive audiences elsewhere. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rise of YouTube’s reactionary right," 24 Sep. 2018 Successful teams are not often receptive to hard truths. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Raptors Coach Dwane Casey Gets His Moment," 15 Feb. 2018 McCatty is an major-league veteran himself — nine years pitching with the Athletics — and calls Kopech receptive, talented and a good kid. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "White Sox prospect Michael Kopech stopped listening, went from struggling to sizzling," 27 June 2018 Unfortunately, one of these sources said, Aldrin was not receptive. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Buzz Aldrin returns to Twitter, sues his son and former manager," 23 June 2018 Unsurprisingly, the Chinese were not receptive, and now Trump appears to be embracing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s efforts to quickly resolve trade tensions before a trade war ravages the economy. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Trump Is Suddenly Worried About Saving Jobs in China: 6 Theories," 15 May 2018 Bryant wasn’t receptive of the idea late last season and Cowboys executives have yet to discuss it with him. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Cowboys WR coach Sanjay Lal on Dez Bryant: Together we can go good places," 29 Mar. 2018 Miller inherited a team that lost two NBA guys -- OG Anunoby and Thomas Bryant -- and leading scorer James Blackmon Jr., didn't have much in the way of leadership coming back, and apparently wasn't super receptive to his ways early on. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Chris Holtmann vs. Archie Miller: Unavoidable comparisons for Ohio State basketball fans, and a new Big Ten rivalry," 30 Jan. 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 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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