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adjective receptive pronunciation in American English /rɪˈseptɪv/
  1. 1
    willing to listen or to consider suggestions

    a receptive audience

    The company is receptive to new ideas at all times.

  2. 2
    able to learn something new quickly

    their highly receptive minds

    receptive students

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 receptive pronunciation in American English /ˌrisepˈtɪvəti/  noun [uncountable]

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