What does receptive mean?

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rɪˈsɛp tɪvre·cep·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. receptiveadjective

    open to arguments, ideas, or change

    "receptive to reason and the logic of facts"

  2. receptive, openadjective

    ready or willing to receive favorably

    "receptive to the proposals"

  3. centripetal, receptive, sensory(a)adjective

    of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system

    "sensory neurons"

  4. receptiveadjective

    able to absorb liquid (not repellent)

    "the paper is ink-receptive"


  1. receptiveadjective

    capable of receiving something

  2. receptiveadjective

    ready to receive new ideas or concepts

Webster Dictionary

  1. Receptiveadjective

    having the quality of receiving; able or inclined to take in, absorb, hold, or contain; receiving or containing; as, a receptive mind

    Etymology: [Cf. F. rceptif. See Receive.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of receptive in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of receptive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of receptive in a Sentence

  1. Walter Kuemmerle:

    I see more women interested and more older generations receptive to the idea of the best person taking over, rather than having a gender bias.

  2. Larry Hogan:

    I said if we get a bipartisan bill and you start off on the right foot by working with Republicans on this relief package, that it would make it easier to get along and get more things done on other issues. It seemed as if he was somewhat receptive to that idea i said just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. And you might have the vote to cram it through with just Democrats, but I think it'dbe a really bad idea.

  3. Michael James:

    The stronger dollar, the continued hammering of the euro, equals continued lower equity prices ahead of the Fed comments next week, we'll know more of the Fed's thinking on Wednesday, but right now most people are expecting a rate hike to come in June and the equity markets not to be very receptive of that.

  4. Joseph Ravenell:

    Medical mistrust has been an important barrier to African-Americans seeking health care, and so the barbershop -- where men go on a monthly basis and have an opportunity to develop a rapport with a trusted key opinion leader in the community -- that rapport is a perfect foundation for talking about health, we know that when it comes to people being receptive to health messages, the setting and the mood that people are in can have an impact on how open they are to receiving those messages.

  5. Chief Executive Carlos Brito:

    Those two things were not the case a year ago, knowledge about Africa and knowledge about the intentions of those two shareholders, in terms of them being at least receptive to an approach.

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