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 Dictionary entry overview: What does receptive mean? 

RECEPTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective RECEPTIVE has 4 senses:

1. open to arguments, ideas, or change
2. ready or willing to receive favorably
3. of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system
4. able to absorb liquid (not repellent)

  Familiarity information: RECEPTIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

RECEPTIVE (adjective)

Sense 1receptive [BACK TO TOP]


Open to arguments, ideas, or change

Context example:

receptive to reason and the logic of facts


pervious (admitting of passage or entrance)

Sense 2receptive [BACK TO TOP]


Ready or willing to receive favorably


receptive; open

Context example:

receptive to the proposals


acceptant; acceptive (accepting willingly)

admissive (characterized by or allowing admission)

assimilative (capable of mentally absorbing)

hospitable (having an open mind)


unreceptive (not receptive)

Sense 3receptive [BACK TO TOP]


Of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system


sensory; centripetal; receptive

Context example:

sensory neurons


afferent (of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying sensory information from the sense organs to the CNS)

Sense 4receptive [BACK TO TOP]


Able to absorb liquid (not repellent)

Context example:

the paper is ink-receptive


absorbent; absorptive (having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.))

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