[ 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

Words Nearby receptivity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use receptivity in a sentence

  • Even colleges that shunned out-of-state students for years are showing a marked receptivity.

  • They had the idea of a strong, centralized Government; and more than that they had a marvellous capacity for receptivity.

    Is Ulster Right? | Anonymous
  • This element of expectation stimulates their receptivity, and aids the performer in his work of giving out.

    Spirit and Music | H. Ernest Hunt
  • Even in the happiest geniuses of this class, receptivity will always more or less carry the day over spontaneous activity.

    The Aesthetical Essays | Friedrich Schiller
  • It was not his words but the atmosphere round him that raised me temporarily to this degree of receptivity.

    The Blue Germ | Martin Swayne
  • As to progression, the increase of difficulty suits the increase in the child's power of comprehension and receptivity.

    Froebel's Gifts | Kate Douglas Wiggin