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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The fact that polling shows young people are especially receptive to alternatives to capitalism means these questions may not go away. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "How I Can Critique Capitalism — Even On an iPhone," 1 May 2019 But while civil rights groups welcomed the new legislation, police departments and unions have been far less receptive, arguing that the measure will expose information that needs to remain private. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A California city plans to shred years of police records before a new law makes them public," 27 Dec. 2018 The merger was resurrected this spring after months of speculation that the Trump administration might be more receptive to approval. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "T-Mobile hires telecom exec to oversee Sprint merger," 24 Sep. 2018 Fortunately, the powerhouse vocalist sees today's world as more receptive to LGBTQ representation. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Adam Lambert on 'Organic' New Music & the 'Double Standard' Outcry Over His 2009 AMAs Performance," 18 June 2018 Polls began showing Americans more receptive to gun control. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Why both Republicans and Democrats see guns as a winning issue in North Carolina," 7 June 2018 Šikšnys and his co-authors, meanwhile, had scrambled to find a more receptive journal and landed at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which published their paper three months after the Berkeley team’s. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Who gets credit for CRISPR? Prestigious award singles out three, and leaves out a notable scientist," 31 May 2018 Brazil has the largest black population outside Africa and is perhaps seen as a more culturally receptive destination for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, fleeing war, and poverty. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Dozens of African migrants rescued in Brazil after 35 days at sea," 21 May 2018 The school has placed emphasis on working with families, and the adults in the students’ lives have been generally receptive, said Kathy Ronco, executive director of the school. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: Here's how Oprah could get another good idea in Milwaukee — visit Penfield Montessori," 9 Mar. 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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