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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Alexandria was also home to a large Jewish population, who might have been receptive to the teachings of Christianity. National Geographic, "Ancient Egypt gave rise to one of the world's oldest Christian faiths," 19 Apr. 2019 Sommeliers were initially snobby, relegating DRY to the category of soda, but chefs were receptive. Laura Reiley, The Denver Post, "Millennials have sparked a sober revolution, and alcohol brands are starting to notice," 27 June 2019 The company will see how receptive shoppers are to its kiosk locations before looking to open more traditional stores beyond the kiosk, Julia Fulton, Green Growth spokeswoman said in a release. Bob Bong, Daily Southtown, "Comings & Goings: U.S. Bank closing local branches," 10 June 2019 McCulloch, for his part, doesn’t seem receptive to the ideas. German Lopez, Vox, "A Ferguson City Council member is challenging the prosecutor who oversaw the Michael Brown case," 7 Aug. 2018 Others seem receptive to your comments and opinions. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 6 July 2018 Young people seem especially receptive given their constant use of electronic devices, say technology designers and researchers. Amy Ellis Nutt, Washington Post, "To Your Health newsletter," 2 July 2018 The court’s conservatives seemed receptive to that stance during oral arguments. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court’s Conservatives Take Their Long-Awaited Shot at Unions," 27 June 2018 And attendees seemed receptive to his thoughts on education and teacher pay. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego talks gun control, #RedforEd at Phoenix town hall," 15 Apr. 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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