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receptive (rɪˈsɛptɪv



  1. able to apprehend quickly
  2. tending to receive new ideas or suggestions favourably
  3. able to hold or receive

Derived Forms

reˈceptively  adverb
receptivity (ˌriːsɛpˈtɪvɪtɪ , or reˈceptiveness  noun


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= perceptive, bright, alert, quick on the uptake (informal)

Translations for 'receptive'

  • British English: receptive Someone who is receptive to new ideas or suggestions is prepared to consider them or accept them. ADJECTIVEThe voters had seemed receptive to his ideas.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: receptivo
  • Chinese: 乐于接受的对新思想或建议乐樂于於接受的
  • European Spanish: receptivo receptiva
  • French: réceptif réceptive
  • German: aufnahmebereit
  • Italian: ricettivo ricettiva
  • Japanese: 受容性のある
  • Korean: 수용적인
  • Portuguese: recetivo recetiva
  • Spanish: receptivo receptiva

Example Sentences Including 'receptive'

Then let's have another drink, just to put you in a receptive frame of mind.
Leasor, James Tank of Serpents
`I've told you how it is, he thinks people under twenty are more receptive.
Penelope Fitzgerald HUMAN VOICES (2003)
Students never properly learn how to place their minds into a receptive Skill-state without these herbs.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)


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