Definition of receptive in US English:

receptive

adjective

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

    ‘a receptive audience’
    ‘the institution was receptive to new ideas’
    • ‘So far the government has proved receptive to the idea.’
    • ‘I think it helps them become better musicians because they are more receptive to different musical ideas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To his credit, he has had an excellent rapport with the selectors, who find him quite receptive to ideas and suggestions from various quarters.’
    • ‘People are open and receptive to timely suggestions on what to drink.’
    • ‘They were both extremely interested and receptive to my ideas.’
    • ‘You are receptive to new ideas and intuitive in relationships.’
    • ‘We have sought to respond to their concerns and have been receptive to new ideas and theories put forward by them.’
    • ‘She says people are very receptive to this idea.’
    • ‘You have to show yourselves as people with open minds, receptive to the ideas of independent voices in the boardroom.’
    • ‘Sometimes, even if you think you're being totally reasonable, your mom may not be receptive to your suggestions.’
    • ‘Some ministers are known to be receptive to the idea of tolls, provided they are only applied to new roads.’
    • ‘Our President, it is said, simply wasn't receptive to this idea.’
    • ‘He attempts to settle his mother into the nursing home, but finds that her old friends aren't quite so receptive to the idea.’
    • ‘They must be open and receptive to the ideas of others.’
    • ‘But were foresters, or for that matter loggers, receptive to this idea?’
    • ‘Unfortunately not many of them were receptive to the idea.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even those who were most receptive to foreign ideas adapted them in line with traditional Russian concerns, interests and attitudes.’
    • ‘Their motivation for the series is to expand its audience among the theater-going public, which is not always receptive to new ideas.’
    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
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    1. 1.1 Able or willing to receive something, especially signals or stimuli.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Infants may seem to be sleeping most of the time, but they're far more intelligent and receptive than most adults imagine.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 (of a female animal) ready to mate.
      • ‘During the mating season, males drum while wandering around the habitat searching for receptive females, which are more stationary than are males.’
      • ‘Thus, downwind males could be located higher in the vegetation to increase their chances of intercepting a pheromone plume and locating a receptive female.’
      • ‘By blocking or scrambling messages from females, he may be keeping competing males from realizing that a receptive female is nearby.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The mating ritual begins when the male visits receptive females.’
      • ‘During the breeding season, male foxes may closely follow sexually receptive females for several days, although this is not always the case.’
      • ‘Adult females become receptive to male advances only in years when they have stored enough body fat to bear a litter.’
      • ‘While grooming, the male flying fox keeps his genitals exposed, indicating to nearby females that he is receptive to mating.’
      • ‘In the study, male meadow voles were paired with sexually receptive females in two cages.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In females, estrogens and progestins activate female receptive behaviors and parental care.’
      • ‘Although the mice mated normally with receptive female mice, the females did not become pregnant.’
      • ‘In most mammals the female is only receptive to sex at certain times (when she is most likely to get pregnant).’
      • ‘Male African lions perform this maneuver when they consort with a receptive female, herding her in the desired direction.’
      • ‘When searching for receptive females, males patrol around the habitat and stop to drum on the dry uppermost leaves on the ground.’
      • ‘On the afternoon of estrus, the resident male appeared to actively defend the receptive female on his territory.’
      • ‘We watched both receptive and unreceptive females.’
      • ‘In a variety of mammals, females must adopt a receptive posture for sexual intercourse to occur.’

Pronunciation

receptive

/rəˈseptiv//rəˈsɛptɪv/