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receptive (rɪˈsɛptɪv Pronunciation for receptive



  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 Pronunciation for receptivity , reˈceptiveness noun

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'

But the good thing is that he is willing to learn and is receptive to ideas.
India Today (1996)
I suddenly discovered people were more receptive to me and I was far more receptive to others.
Toronto Sun (2003)
Nor were the courts receptive to attempts to pawn off responsibility on the defence.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Organised by London's Hayward Gallery, it is evidence, many believe, that the city is now receptive to contemporary art.
Independent (1999)
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)
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)
or new element to the work - something which the artist believes you should always remain receptive to.
Bulgin, Sally Acrylics Masterclass


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