[ ri-sep-tiv ]
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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.

  1. willing or inclined to receive suggestions, offers, etc., with favor: a receptive listener.

  2. of or relating to reception or receptors a receptive end organ.

  3. (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

Other words for receptive

Other words from receptive

  • 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

Words Nearby receptive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use receptive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for receptive


/ (rɪˈsɛptɪv) /

  1. able to apprehend quickly

  2. tending to receive new ideas or suggestions favourably

  1. able to hold or receive

Derived forms of receptive

  • receptively, adverb
  • receptivity (ˌriːsɛpˈtɪvɪtɪ) or receptiveness, noun

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