[ri-sip-ee-uh nt]


a person or thing that receives; receiver: the recipient of a prize.


receiving or capable of receiving.

Nearby words

  1. recife,
  2. recip.,
  3. recipe,
  4. recipience,
  5. recipiency,
  6. reciprocal,
  7. reciprocal exchange,
  8. reciprocal inhibition,
  9. reciprocal insurance,
  10. reciprocal leveling

Origin of recipient

1550–60; < Latin recipient- (stem of recipiēns), present participle of recipere to receive; see -ent

Related formsnon·re·cip·i·ent, adjective, nounun·re·cip·i·ent, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for non-recipient



a person who or thing that receives


a less common word for receptive

Word Origin for recipient

C16: via French from Latin recipiēns, from recipere to receive

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Word Origin and History for non-recipient



1550s, from Middle French récipient (16c.) and directly from Latin recipientem (nominative recipiens), present participle of recipere (see receive). As an adjective from 1610s. Related: Recipience; recipiency.

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Medicine definitions for non-recipient




Functioning as a receiver; receptive.


One who receives blood, tissue, or an organ from a donor.

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