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Congress is receptive of the President’s proposals.
  open to arguments, ideas, or change
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receptive receptivity receptiveness receptively
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  • Congress is receptive of the President’s proposals.
  • She is receptive to reasonable arguments.
  • I’d like to give the speech to some receptive audiences before I try an audience that is more hostile to my proposals.
  • The oxygen solution also contains an anaesthetic that deadens pain receptors.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • Nerve impulses flew from his testes to his brain, where the brain’s pain receptors were triggered, and the brain told Colin to feel pain in his balls, which Colin did, because the body always listens to the brain.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • My nerves have been shut down or the pain receptors in my brain turned off.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • "You don’t have scent receptors."
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The boy’s mind grew more receptive, the Whisperer’s wrinkled messages straightened, and Mr. Curtain had at last settled into some real, productive work.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • They were still receptive to what I had to say.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • "And I take it the bankers in New York weren’t receptive to your cash flow problems?"
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day

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  • But unknown to herself, she must have been open and receptive to the mysteriously therapeutic powers of W. A. Mozart, M.D., for the very first phrases of the music—the great Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major—caused her to shiver all over with uncomplicated delight.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He just sat back quiet and receptive.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • Three words, endlessly repeated, dinning themselves hour after hour into receptive brains.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • What was passing in that receptive childlike soul that so eagerly caught and assimilated all the diverse impressions of life?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Then you want me not to let some previous conviction inure the receptivity of my mind with regard to some strange matter.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Initiates do our scrying because young minds are most receptive.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • As a consequence the troopers were swamped with calls from people claiming to know the hiker’s identity, so they were even less receptive to Westerberg than they had been to Gallien.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Very little receptivity to the resonances of the future.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • During all the intervening time my mental condition had been a hurrying succession of vague emotional states or a sort of stupid receptivity.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • I lifted the receiver and spoke in a husky, receptive voice.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • We sat silent and receptive.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • She could not believe that Peter had written these things to her, that he’d ever think she might be receptive to them.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • He says, The male organ of copulation becomes turgid and is inserted into the receptive female orifice.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • I was to keep ever before them the picture of a bright, passive, good-humored, receptive mass ever willing to accept their every scheme.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • They started with panels of architects and designers, and they were generally receptive.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Julius Euskadi stood tensely, his face and body receptive, listening but uncommunicative.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Out of pure habit, his mind would snatch one subject or another from the torrent, excluding all the rest before he noticed his lapse and wrenched himself back into a state of passive receptivity.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Then he massaged Abramelin oil into his softened and receptive flesh.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Something in Dexter was alert, receptive, at once.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • The four representatives of the upper classes sat down wherever they could—there were only two stools—and stared at the holy man in receptive silence.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • He could feel the neversunned earth strike, slow and receptive, against him through his clothes: groin, hip, belly, breast, forearms.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Elizabeth-Jane said she was so glad, and made herself receptive.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Now that I thought of it, she had been awfully receptive to that zinc.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • He had very raw material, and doubtless most of his pupils failed to get the greatest lessons from him; but, as he had been a peculiarly receptive pupil of Dr. Hopkins, so Booker Washington became a peculiarly receptive pupil of his.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Being of a passive and receptive rather than an active and aggressive nature, Carrie accepted the situation.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • On the other hand, Sophie could remember situations when her mother or the teachers at school had tried to teach her something that she hadn’t been receptive to.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Tess was so receptive that the few minutes of contact with the whirl of material progress lingered in her thought.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • She had a curious, receptive mind which found much pleasure and amusement in listening to other folk.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Little Patti’s walk toward the warm welcoming glow found me in a weakened and receptive state.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Many of them bore expressions of dissatisfaction at Orik’s criticism, whereas the rest seemed more receptive to his comments and were thoughtful of countenance.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • A place all receptive…listening.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • In that young and growing Ohio town whose side streets, even, were paved with concrete, which sat on the edge of a calm blue lake, which boasted an affinity with Oberlin, the underground railroad station, just thirteen miles away, this melting pot on the lip of America facing the cold but receptive Canada—What could go wrong?
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • She seemed receptive but hardly anxious.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • What He wants of the layman in church is an attitude which may, indeed, be critical in the sense of rejecting what is false or unhelpful, but which is wholly uncritical in the sense that it does not appraise—does not waste time in thinking about what it rejects, but lays itself open in uncommenting, humble receptivity to any nourishment that is going.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • But my niang was also an open-minded person, receptive to new ideas.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • He was slouched rhetorically forward, toward Franny, his receptive audience, a supporting forearm on either side of his Martini.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • The attitudes of receptivity are various, and Will had sincerely tried many of them.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • II She found no inspiration but she did find a dependable kindness in Mrs. Westlake, and at last she yielded to the old woman’s receptivity and had relief in sobbing the story of Bea.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • You’re politically-geo-politically-receptive.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • ’It’s called aurally receptive programming, instruments activated by a voice print.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
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