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receptive

[ri-sep-tiv]
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adjective
  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

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Historical Examples of receptive

  • His manner was anything but receptive so far as excuses were concerned.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • We were always in the most receptive and sympathetic condition.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • It is a phase of the life of the school, both in its active and its receptive states.

  • It wasn't just blank, either; Malone finally pinned it down as Receptive.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • In this receptive mood the traveller reaches Lund and an automobile.

    The Book of the National Parks

    Robert Sterling Yard


British Dictionary definitions for receptive

receptive

adjective
  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 receptive

adj.

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

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