[ ri-sep-tiv ]
/ rɪˈsɛp tɪv /


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).

Nearby words

  1. reception centre,
  2. reception desk,
  3. reception room,
  4. receptionism,
  5. receptionist,
  6. receptive aphasia,
  7. receptively,
  8. receptivity,
  9. receptor,
  10. receptor protein

Origin of receptive

From the Medieval Latin word receptīvus, dating back to 1540–50. See reception, -ive

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for receptively

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

    The Curved Blades|Carolyn Wells
  • She only waited, receptively, for further communications on the subject of Henrietta and Dick.

    Concerning Sally|William John Hopkins
  • 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


/ (rɪˈsɛptɪv) /


able to apprehend quickly
tending to receive new ideas or suggestions favourably
able to hold or receive
Derived Formsreceptively, adverbreceptivity (ˌriːsɛpˈtɪvɪtɪ) or receptiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for receptively



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper