from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of or qualified for receiving.
  • adj. Ready or willing to receive favorably: receptive to their proposals.
  • adj. Linguistics Of or relating to the skills of listening and reading.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. capable of receiving something
  • adj. ready to receive new ideas or concepts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the quality of receiving; able or inclined to take in, absorb, hold, or contain; receiving or containing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the quality of or capacity for receiving, admitting, or taking in; able to hold or contain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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