[ ree-sep-tiv-i-tee ]
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  1. ability, willingness, or quickness to receive or accept ideas, requests, experiences, etc.:The realization of our educational objectives relies on the cooperation of parents, the commitment and competence of teachers, and the receptivity of students.

  2. readiness of something to receive something else:When an embryo is ready for implantation, the procedure is carefully timed to coincide with the window of maximal receptivity in the uterus.

Origin of receptivity

  • Also re·cep·tive·ness [ri-sep-tiv-nis] /rɪˈsɛp tɪv nɪs/ .

Other words from receptivity

  • non·re·cep·tive·ness, noun
  • non·re·cep·tiv·i·ty, noun
  • un·re·cep·tive·ness, noun
  • un·re·cep·tiv·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use receptivity in a sentence

  • He thought this her unusual wisdom and discernment, never dreaming it had been mostly his training and her receptiveness.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem | Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • I went to her in every mood, always to be greeted by the most exquisite perception, always the same delicate receptiveness.

    In the Arena | Booth Tarkington
  • This receptiveness to new ideas is one of the most remarkable features in St. Paul's mind.

    Outspoken Essays | William Ralph Inge
  • New receptiveness follows upon new curiosity, and new curiosity upon information gained.

  • I did not feel that there was any receptiveness across the ocean for what was resisted here.