- 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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Related Wordsresponsiveness, acceptance, observance, impartiality, understanding, interest, receptiveness, tolerance
Examples from the Web for receptivity
At the end of thirty days, we will mail you the Second Degree (for receptivity).The Right Knock
The love of Nature, the different love, is a matter of our own receptivity.Child and Country
Will Levington Comfort
The imperfection of the healer, and the lack of receptivity in the patient, are local limitations.The Arena
It is manifested by the states of gravity, receptivity, coldness, and darkness.How to Become Rich
One of the most interesting things about Forster was his "receptivity."John Forster
Percy Hethrington Fitzgerald
- 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper