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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

Synonyms

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3. amenable, hospitable, responsive, open.
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Examples from the Web for receptively

Historical Examples

  • She only waited, receptively, for further communications on the subject of Henrietta and Dick.

    Concerning Sally

    William John Hopkins

  • The Inspector looked his amazement, and the others sat with receptively blank countenances waiting further disclosures.

    The Curved Blades

    Carolyn Wells

  • I twisted my mustache into two attractive points, shot my cuffs, and glanced at her again, receptively.

    Police!!!

    Robert W. Chambers


British Dictionary definitions for receptively

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 receptively

receptive

adj.

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

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