- having the quality of receiving, taking in, or admitting.
- able or quick to receive knowledge, ideas, etc.: a receptive mind.
- willing or inclined to receive suggestions, offers, etc., with favor: a receptive listener.
- of or relating to reception or receptors: a receptive end organ.
- (in language learning) of or relating to the language skills of listening and reading (opposed to productive).
Origin of receptive
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Examples from the Web for receptive
And as luck would have it, a warm and receptive audience showed up that night.My Rocky Time As A Woman Writer on ‘SNL’
April 6, 2014
It remains the receptive petri dish to any and all sorts of colonies of humanity that finally managed to find one another.Five Subreddits You May Have Missed, and Probably Still Should Give a Miss
Kelly Williams Brown
April 5, 2014
The assembled crowd of about 50 in this Northwest Baltimore retirement castle have been receptive to her pitch.Could a Pro-Pot Lesbian Become the Next Governor of Maryland?
March 11, 2014
How receptive was everyone to the idea of you coming in to teach pie class?Inside Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet’s Sexy ‘Labor Day’ Pie Scene
February 1, 2014
And online, flattered men and women contacted by these matchmakers are receptive to the concept.Professional Matchmakers Build Business on Facebook
August 5, 2013
His manner was anything but receptive so far as excuses were concerned.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
We were always in the most receptive and sympathetic condition.Oldtown Fireside Stories
Harriet Beecher Stowe
It is a phase of the life of the school, both in its active and its receptive states.The Psychology of Nations
It wasn't just blank, either; Malone finally pinned it down as Receptive.Out Like a Light
Gordon Randall Garrett
In this receptive mood the traveller reaches Lund and an automobile.The Book of the National Parks
Robert Sterling Yard
- able to apprehend quickly
- tending to receive new ideas or suggestions favourably
- able to hold or receive
Word Origin and History for receptive
1540s, from Medieval Latin receptivus, from Latin recipere (see receive). Related: Receptivity.