Definition of receptive in English:



  • 1Willing to consider or accept new suggestions and ideas.

    ‘a receptive audience’
    ‘the institution was receptive to new ideas’
    • ‘She says people are very receptive to this idea.’
    • ‘So far the government has proved receptive to the idea.’
    • ‘But were foresters, or for that matter loggers, receptive to this idea?’
    • ‘Some ministers are known to be receptive to the idea of tolls, provided they are only applied to new roads.’
    • ‘To his credit, he has had an excellent rapport with the selectors, who find him quite receptive to ideas and suggestions from various quarters.’
    • ‘I think it helps them become better musicians because they are more receptive to different musical ideas.’
    • ‘Even those who were most receptive to foreign ideas adapted them in line with traditional Russian concerns, interests and attitudes.’
    • ‘Our President, it is said, simply wasn't receptive to this idea.’
    • ‘They must be open and receptive to the ideas of others.’
    • ‘We have sought to respond to their concerns and have been receptive to new ideas and theories put forward by them.’
    • ‘He attempts to settle his mother into the nursing home, but finds that her old friends aren't quite so receptive to the idea.’
    • ‘Sometimes, even if you think you're being totally reasonable, your mom may not be receptive to your suggestions.’
    • ‘You have to show yourselves as people with open minds, receptive to the ideas of independent voices in the boardroom.’
    • ‘If other group members appraise him as a creative type, they are likely to be a receptive audience for his ideas, and he should fit into the group harmoniously.’
    • ‘His ideas found a receptive audience in literate circles from Lisbon to Moscow, and they supply a convenient starting place for an examination of European political systems.’
    • ‘They were both extremely interested and receptive to my ideas.’
    • ‘You are receptive to new ideas and intuitive in relationships.’
    • ‘Their motivation for the series is to expand its audience among the theater-going public, which is not always receptive to new ideas.’
    • ‘People are open and receptive to timely suggestions on what to drink.’
    • ‘Unfortunately not many of them were receptive to the idea.’
    open-minded, ready to consider new ideas, 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
    susceptive, acceptive, acceptant
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    1. 1.1Able to receive signals or stimuli.
      ‘the goldfish's vision is receptive to a wider band of light than almost any other animal’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sensory isolation creates an alert and receptive state of mind, so floatation works well combined with hypnotherapy to treat smoking and weight problems’
      • ‘Clearly the recent rains had left their mark as fairways were still wet and greens very receptive and the scores were good, though not brilliant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Infants may seem to be sleeping most of the time, but they're far more intelligent and receptive than most adults imagine.’
    2. 1.2(of a female animal) ready to mate.
      ‘only the dominant male would have had access to the receptive female’
      • ‘Thus, downwind males could be located higher in the vegetation to increase their chances of intercepting a pheromone plume and locating a receptive female.’
      • ‘While grooming, the male flying fox keeps his genitals exposed, indicating to nearby females that he is receptive to mating.’
      • ‘On the afternoon of estrus, the resident male appeared to actively defend the receptive female on his territory.’
      • ‘In females, estrogens and progestins activate female receptive behaviors and parental care.’
      • ‘In a variety of mammals, females must adopt a receptive posture for sexual intercourse to occur.’
      • ‘During the mating season, males drum while wandering around the habitat searching for receptive females, which are more stationary than are males.’
      • ‘In most mammals the female is only receptive to sex at certain times (when she is most likely to get pregnant).’
      • ‘In the study, male meadow voles were paired with sexually receptive females in two cages.’
      • ‘During the breeding season, male foxes may closely follow sexually receptive females for several days, although this is not always the case.’
      • ‘When searching for receptive females, males patrol around the habitat and stop to drum on the dry uppermost leaves on the ground.’
      • ‘Estrus is the period when the female is sexually receptive and breeding can occur.’
      • ‘When a receptive female comes along, however, it's every bull for himself.’
      • ‘If females were unable to convey this important mating and location information, males would not know which females were receptive or where to find them.’
      • ‘A receptive female responds by swimming in a tight circle, exposing her abdomen and facilitating insemination.’
      • ‘Male African lions perform this maneuver when they consort with a receptive female, herding her in the desired direction.’
      • ‘We watched both receptive and unreceptive females.’
      • ‘The mating ritual begins when the male visits receptive females.’
      • ‘By blocking or scrambling messages from females, he may be keeping competing males from realizing that a receptive female is nearby.’
      • ‘Adult females become receptive to male advances only in years when they have stored enough body fat to bear a litter.’
      • ‘Although the mice mated normally with receptive female mice, the females did not become pregnant.’