Definition of receptive in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈsɛptɪv/


1Willing to consider or accept new suggestions and ideas: a receptive audience the institution was receptive to new ideas
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  • To his credit, he has had an excellent rapport with the selectors, who find him quite receptive to ideas and suggestions from various quarters.
  • You have to show yourselves as people with open minds, receptive to the ideas of independent voices in the boardroom.
  • They were both extremely interested and receptive to my ideas.
open-minded, ready/willing to consider new ideas, open to new ideas, open to suggestions, open, responsive, amenable, sympathetic, well disposed, interested, attuned, flexible, willing, favourable, approachable, accessible, friendly, welcoming;
susceptible, impressionable, suggestible, pliable, pliant
rare susceptive, acceptive, acceptant
1.1Able to receive signals or stimuli: the goldfish’s vision is receptive to a wider band of light than almost any other animal
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  • Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, embedded dirt and toxins, and stimulates the skin, making it receptive to the nutrient-rich facial mask that should follow.
  • Considerable flowering asynchrony among fig trees in any population increases the likelihood that a fig wasp emerging at any time of year will be able to locate a receptive fig.
  • Sensory isolation creates an alert and receptive state of mind, so floatation works well combined with hypnotherapy to treat smoking and weight problems
1.2(Of a female animal) ready to mate: only the dominant male would have had access to the receptive female
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  • While grooming, the male flying fox keeps his genitals exposed, indicating to nearby females that he is receptive to mating.
  • Estrus is the period when the female is sexually receptive and breeding can occur.
  • Thus, downwind males could be located higher in the vegetation to increase their chances of intercepting a pheromone plume and locating a receptive female.



Pronunciation: /rɪˈsɛptɪvli/
Example sentences
  • Given that scores were based only on stimulus words that the child could receptively recognize, it is not surprising that the correct pronunciation was almost always judged to be acceptable.
  • The little thing crooned deeply, and opened its mouth receptively to be fed.
  • If you have a stack of papers to get through, I still suggest that you first read a couple of them receptively, without doing anything to them, to get a sense for what students are doing and how the assignment worked.


Pronunciation: /rɪˈsɛptɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • Based on the physician's response and receptiveness, the victim may or may not choose to tell others.
  • There's been a huge receptiveness to this event, which is what makes it that much more likable from our perspective.
  • This receptiveness led him to spend more time in Berlin and now, with a pregnant girlfriend there and a gallery that eagerly promotes his work, he has made the city his second home.


Pronunciation: /riːsɛpˈtɪvɪti/
Example sentences
  • The more deeply your marketing connects with what people value and their sensibilities, the more receptivity there is to your product and the greater the response.
  • This creates an overabundance of serotonin, and the brain responds either by reducing receptivity to serotonin or by reducing the production of serotonin.
  • So the audience is preselected for its receptivity to the message.

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