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Definitions for receptive
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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Receptiveadjective

    Having the quality of admitting what is communicated.

    Etymology: receptus, Lat.

    The soul being, as it is active, perfected by love of that infinite good, shall, as it is receptive, be also perfected with those supernatural passions of joy, peace and delight. Richard Hooker.

    The pretended first matter is capable of all forms, and the imaginary space is receptive of all bodies. Joseph Glanvill.


  1. receptive

    Receptive generally refers to the willingness or ability to receive, understand and respond to new ideas, suggestions or experiences. It can also refer to the ability to absorb and respond to stimuli or signals. The term can be applied in various fields such as psychology, communication, biology, and more.

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

  2. 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. Mitch McConnell:

    We think New Hampshire is going to be much more receptive to Senate Republicans as well, and we think we'll have a good candidate there.

  2. Alexander Woo:

    With' Allegiance,' George used the vocabulary of musical theater to tell the story of the whole spectrum of emotions of the internment, i felt like George would be familiar and receptive to that [ horror ] approach to telling the story, because it's a style of storytelling that, hopefully, allows you to access the emotions of the characters involved.

  3. Tom Kellermann:

    They sit and watch regular communications to understand when somebody would be most receptive to a specially crafted social-engineering email instructing them to make the transfer.

  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. France Leila Sadeghee:

    Mostly what I experience with those guys is it's not a show, they are definitely living to be a conduit for a certain kind of love or certain kind of frequency of energy, and usually they are receptive and happy to be there.

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    of persons; taken advantage of
    A suspicious
    B victimised
    C profound
    D reassuring

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