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. (in language learning) of or relating to the language skills of listening and reading (opposed to productive).
Origin of receptive
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
From the Medieval Latin
dating back to 1540–50.
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Examples from the Web for receptivity
Historical Examples of receptivity
At the end of thirty days, we will mail you the Second Degree (for receptivity).
The love of Nature, the different love, is a matter of our own receptivity.
The imperfection of the healer, and the lack of receptivity in the patient, are local limitations.
It is manifested by the states of gravity, receptivity, coldness, and darkness.
One of the most interesting things about Forster was his "receptivity."
British Dictionary definitions for receptivity
Derived Formsreceptively, adverbreceptivity (ˌriːsɛpˈtɪvɪtɪ) or receptiveness, noun
able to apprehend quickly
tending to receive new ideas or suggestions favourably
able to hold or receive
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Word Origin and History for receptivity
1540s, from Medieval Latin receptivus, from Latin recipere (see receive). Related: Receptivity.
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