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 receptivity (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 Gaga thanked her mother for her honesty and gave her own advice, noting that not everyone has parents who are receptive to conversations about mental health. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Lady Gaga and her mother offer candid advice for opening up about mental health to parents," 23 Sep. 2020 That means the soil was receptive to the rain from Tropical Storm Beta, which fortunately failed to generate powerful winds and widespread flooding for the New Orleans area. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Dan Gill explains how to mimimize landscape damage from the recent New Orleans-area heavy rains," 23 Sep. 2020 Still, Lacy acknowledged the president's message may find receptive ears. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Many suburban women in Michigan have message for Trump: We want security, not chaos," 19 Sep. 2020 Carter, who attended the meeting, said the governor and his staff were receptive to the caucus’s concerns. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "The Hospital System Sent Patients With Coronavirus Home to Die. Louisiana Legislators Are Demanding an Investigation.," 14 Sep. 2020 The message fell on receptive ears in Subotica, too. Kate Maltby, The New York Review of Books, "Viktor Orbán’s Masterplan to Make Hungary Greater Again," 3 June 2020 What 2019 demonstrated is that pop radio can still be receptive to Perry -- depending on the song, of course. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Katy Perry's 'Smile' Debuts at No. 5 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart," 9 Sep. 2020 Rubbing shaving cream into goggles worked better, some workers believed, but not much. Catawba County voted 2-to-1 for Donald Trump, and the president’s unwillingness at the time to wear face masks found a receptive audience. Bob Davis, WSJ, "A Furniture Maker’s Five-Month Struggle With Covid. ‘You Can’t Really Have a Plan.’," 3 Sep. 2020 Fantasy author Erin Lindsey says the movie would probably find a more receptive audience if it were released today. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "The ‘Double Dragon’ Movie Should Be a Cult Classic," 28 Aug. 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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26 Sep 2020

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“Receptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/receptive. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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 receptivity (audio) \ noun, plural receptivities

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