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receptive

[ri-sep-tiv]
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adjective
  1. having the quality of receiving, taking in, or admitting.
  2. able or quick to receive knowledge, ideas, etc.: a receptive mind.
  3. willing or inclined to receive suggestions, offers, etc., with favor: a receptive listener.
  4. of or relating to reception or receptors: a receptive end organ.
  5. (in language learning) of or relating to the language skills of listening and reading (opposed to productive).
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Origin of receptive

From the Medieval Latin word receptīvus, dating back to 1540–50. See reception, -ive
Related formsre·cep·tive·ly, adverbre·cep·tiv·i·ty [ree-sep-tiv-i-tee] /ˌri sɛpˈtɪv ɪ ti/, re·cep·tive·ness, nounnon·re·cep·tive, adjectivenon·re·cep·tive·ly, adverbnon·re·cep·tive·ness, nounnon·re·cep·tiv·i·ty, nounun·re·cep·tive, adjectiveun·re·cep·tive·ly, adverbun·re·cep·tive·ness, nounun·re·cep·tiv·i·ty, noun

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3. amenable, hospitable, responsive, open.
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Examples from the Web for receptivity

Historical Examples

  • At the end of thirty days, we will mail you the Second Degree (for receptivity).

    The Right Knock

    Helen Van-Anderson

  • The love of Nature, the different love, is a matter of our own receptivity.

    Child and Country

    Will Levington Comfort

  • The imperfection of the healer, and the lack of receptivity in the patient, are local limitations.

    The Arena

    Various

  • It is manifested by the states of gravity, receptivity, coldness, and darkness.

    How to Become Rich

    William Windsor

  • One of the most interesting things about Forster was his "receptivity."

    John Forster

    Percy Hethrington Fitzgerald


British Dictionary definitions for receptivity

receptive

adjective
  1. able to apprehend quickly
  2. tending to receive new ideas or suggestions favourably
  3. able to hold or receive
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Derived Formsreceptively, adverbreceptivity (ˌriːsɛpˈtɪvɪtɪ) or receptiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for receptivity

receptive

adj.

1540s, from Medieval Latin receptivus, from Latin recipere (see receive). Related: Receptivity.

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