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Origin of received

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at receive, -ed2
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adjective (well received when postpositive)
  1. having been greeted or reviewed with approvalhis well-received books


  1. generally accepted or believedreceived wisdom
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Word Origin and History for well-received



"generally accepted as true or good," mid-15c., past participle adjective from receive. Thomas Browne called such notions receptaries (1646).

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