- having the quality of receiving, taking in, or admitting.
- able or quick to receive knowledge, ideas, etc.: a receptive mind.
- 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).
Origin of receptive
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3. amenable, hospitable, responsive, open.
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Examples from the Web for receptively
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
I twisted my mustache into two attractive points, shot my cuffs, and glanced at her again, receptively.Police!!!
Robert W. Chambers
- able to apprehend quickly
- tending to receive new ideas or suggestions favourably
- able to hold or receive
Word Origin and History for receptively
1540s, from Medieval Latin receptivus, from Latin recipere (see receive). Related: Receptivity.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper