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
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 receptive (audio) , ri-​ \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The Texans just went through seven unsuccessful seasons of the Patriot Way with Bill O’Brien, and so far the fans have not been receptive to the team going right back to the Patriots well with Caserio. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "A deeper look at the top trends and year-end awards for the 2020 NFL season," 9 Jan. 2021 Moore said that throughout her stay, her doctor was not receptive to her concerns and routinely downplayed her pain. Stefan Sykes, NBC News, "Black physician's Covid-19 death demonstrates bias of U.S. health care system, peers say," 28 Dec. 2020 In return, players have been receptive to Popovich’s suggestions as well. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "‘He’s very hip:’ How 71-year-old Gregg Popovich is finding ways to bond with his youngest roster ever," 24 Dec. 2020 Hiring Van Gundy signaled that the Pelicans were confident Ingram and Williamson, their two young stars, were receptive to being coached hard. Christian Clark | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Pelicans' Brandon Ingram bet on himself and was rewarded. Now comes the hard part.," 23 Dec. 2020 During an initial conference call, health department officials were receptive to the idea, said Thomas Unnasch, an infectious disease expert at USF. CNN, "Putting 'politics in front of lives': DeSantis faces criticism over Florida's Covid-19 response," 17 Dec. 2020 Then came Thursday’s report by The Athletic that in addition to the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, Harden also would be receptive to a trade to the Heat or Milwaukee Bucks. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Winderman: Harden with eyes for Heat? Fine, but would it cloud Riley’s vision? | Commentary," 10 Dec. 2020 In response to an email from Affirmed Housing Executive Vice President Jimmy Silverwood, Parent, before officially consulting with anyone else in La Mesa, told the county the city would be receptive to the project. San Diego Union-Tribune, "County rushed to convert La Mesa hotel for homeless, despite pleas from city for input," 6 Dec. 2020 Libre has expanded to Michigan and Utah, with Oklahoma soon to come, states where growing populations of Spanish-speaking residents might be receptive to appeals by Libre’s Latino staff members. Marcela Valdes, New York Times, "The Fight to Win Latino Voters for the G.O.P.," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of receptive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of receptive was in the 15th century

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18 Jan 2021

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“Receptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/receptive. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for receptive

receptive

adjective
How to pronounce receptive (audio)

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 receptive (audio) \ noun, plural receptivities

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