un·​re·​cep·​tive | \ ˌən-ri-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce unreceptive (audio) \

Definition of unreceptive

: not responsive or receptive an unreceptive audience Some members of the committee were unreceptive to the idea. an unreceptive doe

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Shinnecock's greens lost moisture and became unreceptive, drawing comparisons to the USGA's nightmare the last time the U.S. Open was here in 2004. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Johnson, Berger, Finau and Koepka Share Lead After Controversial Day at Shinnecock," 16 June 2018 Doing business with Cuba has been historically tricky, with complex U.S. rules to untangle, lack of direct bank transactions and an often unreceptive Cuban government. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Doing business in Cuba will remain tricky even without a Castro as leader," 11 Apr. 2018 What's more, American workers are generally unreceptive to such a large payroll tax hike. Sean Williams, USA TODAY, "10 stats that show why Social Security is broken," 2 Oct. 2017 Some are especially unreceptive when those directions are coming from a little Black girl. Britney Wilson, Longreads, "On NYC’s Paratransit, Fighting for Safety, Respect, and Human Dignity," 1 Sep. 2017 The aggressive aristocratic man leans in to land an almost violent kiss on the rather unreceptive lips of a woman dressed in peasant clothes, who turns her head aside. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "The Getty just announced its most important drawings acquisition in 20 years—and adds a 'Surprise'," 20 July 2017 There shouldn't have been an empty seat in the hall (Baltimore remains a sadly unreceptive place for vocal recitals), but those that were there were rewarded with two encores. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Susan Graham, Malcolm Martineau give brilliant recital at Shriver Hall," 26 Apr. 2017 Courts have seemed unreceptive to what might be labeled wrongful-life cases. Paula Span, New York Times, "The Patients Were Saved. That’s Why the Families Are Suing.," 10 Apr. 2017

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1722, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unreceptive

: not willing to listen to or accept ideas, suggestions, etc.

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