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[ri-sep-tiv] /rɪˈsɛp tɪv/
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
From the Medieval Latin word receptīvus, dating back to 1540-50. See reception, -ive
Related forms
receptively, adverb
[ree-sep-tiv-i-tee] /ˌri sɛpˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
receptiveness, noun
nonreceptive, adjective
nonreceptively, adverb
nonreceptiveness, noun
nonreceptivity, noun
unreceptive, adjective
unreceptively, adverb
unreceptiveness, noun
unreceptivity, noun
3. amenable, hospitable, responsive, open. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unreceptive
Historical Examples
  • They fell still-born upon the unreceptive soil of European culture at that epoch.

  • Now, when she saw how unreceptive these two people were, she hoped he would not.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • The force of Gillies' argument was not lost on the unreceptive Wallace.

    The Whelps of the Wolf George Marsh
  • The sensorium is ‘unreceptive,’ so the idea does not reach consciousness.

  • One could not appeal to stone; they were hard, unreceptive, hostile; they would turn cold eyes upon his outburst.

    The Lonely Unicorn Alec Waugh
  • Those who are not the friends of the English Church denounce her as hidebound, immovable, and unreceptive.

    Seeing and Hearing George W. E. Russell
  • If we are not in the mood for it, we are unreceptive of Nature's impressions, and we are irresponsive.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • At the moment it was seed dropped in unreceptive soil, but it germinated later.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • "So disheartening," fell on Flora Macmichel's unreceptive ear.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • A being that were so unreceptive to anything external would have no ground for fear of anything external.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4 Plotinos (Plotinus)
British Dictionary definitions for unreceptive


able to apprehend quickly
tending to receive new ideas or suggestions favourably
able to hold or receive
Derived Forms
receptively, adverb
receptivity (ˌriːsɛpˈtɪvɪtɪ), receptiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unreceptive



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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