- 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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3. amenable, hospitable, responsive, open.
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Examples from the Web for receptiveness
In the days of their youth it was natural, but the receptiveness of youth has departed, and they cannot see.Jennie Gerhardt
Their earnestness and receptiveness were my great help and reward in my venture.The Wanderings of a Spiritualist
Arthur Conan Doyle
But the silence seemed now to hold a new element—the element of receptiveness.The Furnace
The height of the plane of absorption depends on the state of receptiveness of the hypnotist more than the subject.Professor Huskins
Lettie M. Cummings
The condition is one of excitation and receptiveness, where art may speak and we shall understand.Emerson and Other Essays
John Jay Chapman
- able to apprehend quickly
- tending to receive new ideas or suggestions favourably
- able to hold or receive
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Word Origin and History for receptiveness
1540s, from Medieval Latin receptivus, from Latin recipere (see receive). Related: Receptivity.
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