- 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 unreceptive
If we are not in the mood for it, we are unreceptive of Nature's impressions, and we are irresponsive.The Heart of Nature
"So disheartening," fell on Flora Macmichel's unreceptive ear.A Sheaf of Corn
Mary E. Mann
Now, when she saw how unreceptive these two people were, she hoped he would not.Sister Carrie
The force of Gillies' argument was not lost on the unreceptive Wallace.The Whelps of the Wolf
But the glad message to one fell on the unreceptive ears of the other.An Oregon Girl
Alfred Ernest Rice
- 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 unreceptive
1540s, from Medieval Latin receptivus, from Latin recipere (see receive). Related: Receptivity.
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