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  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

Synonyms for receptive

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Historical Examples of non-receptive

  • And there is something provoking even in the outward signs that the mind is in a non-receptive state.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862


British Dictionary definitions for non-receptive


  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 non-receptive



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

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