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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Perhaps the most disturbing thing is that, largely thanks to Trump’s persistence and repetitions, there is now a receptive audience for this incendiary language, particularly among G.O.P. voters. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "“Sharpiegate” and Donald Trump’s Perpetual Cone of Uncertainty," 6 Sep. 2019 The coach said his players have been super receptive. al, "‘I felt led’: New Madison Academy coach boasts plenty of past success," 13 Aug. 2019 To be sure, these days migrant allies are facing a less receptive audience than Nansen. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "What we can learn from the revolutionary passport that helped 1920s refugees," 13 July 2019 In recent years some of them have found a receptive audience in Europe, where authorities have thrice fined Google for alleged monopolistic practices. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, "Google’s Enemies Gear Up to Make Antitrust Case," 24 June 2019 Others just want a better offer.’’ Besides changing perceptions of these loans, Bull said, a less competitive market will naturally mean that sellers will be more receptive to offers with every type of financing. Boston.com Real Estate, "Sellers dismiss loan programs that aid veterans and first-time home buyers," 11 Sep. 2019 As a result, many of the city’s top architects have been exporting their best ideas to fast-growing parts of the world, like China, that are more receptive to new ideas. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Engineering the Vista Tower," 3 Sep. 2019 But the impact lingered, as networks were suddenly more receptive to what were dubbed alternative programming genres, especially in the form of game or competition shows. Brian Lowry, CNN, "How 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' changed the primetime TV rulebook," 14 Aug. 2019 But time and money are limited and these numbers suggest that in very real terms that there are fewer and fewer places for candidates to target swing voters who might be receptive to their messages. Dante Chinni, NBC News, "Election maps show "middle ground" communities are disappearing," 8 Sep. 2019

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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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