- 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
Synonyms for receptive
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Examples from the Web for non-receptive
Historical Examples of non-receptive
And there is something provoking even in the outward signs that the mind is in a non-receptive state.
- 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 non-receptive
1540s, from Medieval Latin receptivus, from Latin recipere (see receive). Related: Receptivity.
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