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).
- re·cep·tive·ly, adverb
- re·cep·tiv·i·ty [ree-sep-tiv-i-tee], /ˌri sɛpˈtɪv ɪ ti/, re·cep·tive·ness [ri-sep-tiv-nis], /rɪˈsɛp tɪv nɪs/, noun
- non·re·cep·tive, adjective
- non·re·cep·tive·ly, adverb
- un·re·cep·tive, adjective
- un·re·cep·tive·ly, adverb
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How to use receptive in a sentence
Over the past year, Americans have only become more receptive to the idea of using technology to care for their health.Mental wellness apps are basically the Wild West of therapy | Claire Maldarelli | July 19, 2021 | Popular-Science
In fact, one of the reasons the Glasgow Rocks were receptive to the idea was that they were already using mental imagery training to practice their shooting.How Mental Training Can Make You Physically Stronger | awise | July 8, 2021 | Outside Online
Answers to a question about vegan foods, for example, might be used to identify people who would be receptive to an ad for a meat alternative brand’s ad.
Others learned the minutiae of the science and worked quietly with receptive bureaucrats, bringing the patient’s perspective to the table toward the same goal of faster drug approval.How the Drug Industry Has Exploited Reforms Started in the Fight Against AIDS - Facts So Romantic | Robert Bazell | June 28, 2021 | Nautilus
At that point they were way more receptive to the idea of building the service that can help them shave off a few hundred thousand dollars per year of that map services bill.Using machine learning to build maps that give smarter driving advice | MIT Technology Review Insights | June 23, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
And as luck would have it, a warm and receptive audience showed up that night.
It remains the receptive petri dish to any and all sorts of colonies of humanity that finally managed to find one another.Five Subreddits You May Have Missed, and Probably Still Should Give a Miss | Kelly Williams Brown | April 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Day by day, I feel the violence is fading way and the children are becoming more receptive.
The assembled crowd of about 50 in this Northwest Baltimore retirement castle have been receptive to her pitch.Could a Pro-Pot Lesbian Become the Next Governor of Maryland? | Jim Newell | March 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
How receptive was everyone to the idea of you coming in to teach pie class?Inside Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet’s Sexy ‘Labor Day’ Pie Scene | Kevin Fallon | February 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I have never seen a person more perilously appreciative or receptive than you.Penelope's Experiences in Scotland | Kate Douglas Wiggin
Dan's attitude toward the world was receptive; here in the Bassett domestic circle he felt no shame at being a Bassett man.A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
Never did any exercise whatever render the exercising being more fitted to suffering (or, receptive experience).Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
"Yes, please," said Michael, who would have accepted anything in his present receptive condition.Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
A torrent of words from the other seemed to meet a receptive ear.Boy Scouts in the North Sea | G. Harvey Ralphson
British Dictionary definitions for receptive
able to apprehend quickly
tending to receive new ideas or suggestions favourably
able to hold or receive
- receptively, adverb
- receptivity (ˌriːsɛpˈtɪvɪtɪ) or receptiveness, noun
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