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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Recent Examples on the Web Your companions, however, may be unreceptive or in a hurry to get things accomplished quickly in the week ahead. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 27, 2020: Cancer, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it; Pisces, someone may be unavailable to you," 27 Sep. 2020 Despite the efforts of national suffrage movements, Eastern and Southern governments proved unreceptive to such a radical concept. Jennifer Helton, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the American West Led the Way for Women in Politics," 15 Aug. 2020 Pitching your ideas to an unreceptive crowd could waste time, so gauge the mood of the room before making presentations. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for May 29, 2020: Aries, dress for success; Capricorn, ask friends for advice," 29 May 2020 The story centers on two scientists who, upon discovering that a meteor will strike the Earth in six months, go on a media tour to try to warn the world but find an unreceptive and unbelieving populace. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Adam McKay Comedy 'Don't Look Up'," 19 Feb. 2020 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

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1722, in the meaning defined above

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“Unreceptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreceptive. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unreceptive

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

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