from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or property of being receptive; ability to receive or take in; specifically, a natural passive power of the mind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being receptive.
  • noun (Kantian Philos.) The power or capacity of receiving impressions, as those of the external senses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The state of being receptive
  • noun countable The extent to which something is receptive

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

  • noun willingness or readiness to receive (especially impressions or ideas)


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  • The husband's yang should ebb while the yang of his wife and the midwife surged, and the knightly husband was expected to cultivate his yin receptivity and retire from the spotlight.

    Manhood in the Age of Aquarius: Masculinity in Two Countercultural Communities, 1965–83

  • Do you think he would accept larger, continent-wide differences in receptivity?

    Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond: Questions

  • Since they will not understand, they shall not understand. prophesying ... not for them that believe not, but ... believe -- that is, prophesying has no effect on them that are radically and obstinately like Israel (Isa 28: 11, 12), unbelievers, but on them that are either in receptivity or in fact believers; it makes believers of those not wilfully unbelievers (1Co 14: 24, 25; Ro 10: 17), and spiritually nourishes those that already believe.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Therefore the possession rather than the receptivity is the divine element which thought seems to contain, and the act of contemplation is what is most pleasant and best.


  • Second, as has already been argued, there is an inherent institutional receptivity of military, police, and correctional institutions to the practice of torture; a receptivity which is such that torture cultures will grow and flourish, notwithstanding Dershowitz's proposal that only tightly controlled and highly restricted forms of torture are to be legally admissible.

    The Spirit Upwelling

  • You don't have that kind of receptivity to evangelicals in New Hampshire.

    CNN Transcript Jan 4, 2008

  • ˜Passion,™ in particular, is connected with a kind of receptivity, but how the passions are receptive and what they are receptive to tend to cross over various comfortable divisions taken to mark early modern philosophy: mind and body; perception and will; reason, judgment and desire; occurrent consciousness and confused dispositions; representations and presentations; private and social; nature and convention; and even what is internal and what external to subjectivity.

    17th and 18th Century Theories of Emotions

  • Perhaps the still evening and the quiet room induced confidence, or she may have felt the effect of my "receptivity," as she called it.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 72, October, 1863

  • It is the attitude of mental receptivity which is the alchemy to transmute events and circumstances into experience, and it is experience alone which determines both the quality and the trend of life.

    The Life Radiant

  • The immediate object of inner perception is the conditions or states of the Ego, which make their appearance as the expressions of the two primary functions, "receptivity" and

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability


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