One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1That may be received; receivable.
2Capable of receiving, receptive; susceptible. With of (and to in later use).
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Newton (d. 1607), translator and Church of England clergyman. From post-classical Latin receptibilis acceptable, agreeable (Vulgate), recoverable, capable of receiving, that may be received, conceivable from classical Latin recept-, past participial stem of recipere + -ibilis.
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