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

Examples of unreceptive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is not likely to be effective given that conspiratorial thinking tends to become so entrenched that the believer comes to be entirely unreceptive to reasons. Rafael Perez, Orange County Register, 12 Apr. 2024 Minority students tended to leave school for reasons including inadequate high school preparation, unreceptive and alien campus environments and inadequate career counseling. Journal Sentinel, 29 Feb. 2016 This film is a prime example of how the sci-fi genre helps creators to pass along (often very preachy) messages to otherwise unreceptive audiences. Chris Snellgrove, EW.com, 2 Oct. 2023 Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met with Niger's junta members in the capital this week but called them unreceptive to her demands to restore Niger's democracy. Ellen Knickmeyer and Tracy Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Aug. 2023 Republican voters, especially the MAGA supporters, have been unreceptive. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2023 Against the tide again, with a new album of personal and political liberation Kanye West’s latest album, Donda, was dropped (the industry term) into an unreceptive environment skeptical of West’s recent public statements and his nonconformist, uncelebrity-like political stances. Armond White, National Review, 3 Nov. 2021 Current and former residents have loudly registered their dissent — with actions like the planned boycott of the eventual shopping center — and laid out a list of proposals to mostly unreceptive city officials, including financial compensation for people forced to move. New York Times, 20 May 2021 But the president was unreceptive, as was Meadows. Anchorage Daily News, 20 Dec. 2020

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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 13 Jun. 2024.

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