un·​re·​cep·​tive ˌən-ri-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce unreceptive (audio)
: not responsive or receptive
an unreceptive audience
Some members of the committee were unreceptive to the idea.
an unreceptive doe

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tár was unreceptive to this idea, and it was promptly canceled. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 3 Nov. 2022 Her old job was a strain on her mental health, with an unreceptive boss, tedious duties and a lack of teamwork that felt isolating. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2022 Our analyses demonstrate that the gonopodial claws function to increase sperm transfer to unreceptive females during uncooperative matings but not during receptive matings. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 31 July 2013 Bloom, one of the most cutthroat financial heavyweights in the world, is unreceptive. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 Teachers here are often paid minimum wage, and the ruling Law and Justice party has been unreceptive to their calls for higher pay. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 India has long been unreceptive to outside criticism, even from its close partners. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 9 Dec. 2021 Internal agency notes drafted before the meeting showed officials bracing for an unreceptive audience. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, 29 Oct. 2021 The Pentagon was caught off guard by the Haitian request for troops on Friday and quickly struck an unreceptive tone. New York Times, 11 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unreceptive was in 1722

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“Unreceptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreceptive. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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