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More rarely, receptive can mean that something is capable of receiving something else. In that instance, the thing that receives might be called a receptor as when referring to a molecule that receives and responds to a neurotransmitter.
  • 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 tense, receptive, otherworldly faces of the soldiers were as real as if the presence of death had washed the canvasses with the glaze of truth.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • A quick blast of the UMG beam, carefully missing the hole at the center, had the area cut into a cylinder to accept the receptor collimator.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Now that I thought of it, she had been awfully receptive to that zinc.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • Something in Dexter was alert, receptive, at once.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • My nerves have been shut down or the pain receptors in my brain turned off.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Molly says it is finding a receptive audience to its bottom-up approach in each country.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • 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
  • The oxygen solution also contains an anaesthetic that deadens pain receptors.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • He says, The male organ of copulation becomes turgid and is inserted into the receptive female orifice.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • The American actress had never heard of him, but after being humiliated she was more receptive to sympathy than usual and ran over to him.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • There's no telling if the crowds will be hostile or receptive, and he's concerned about Jackie enjoying herself.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • They were still receptive to what I had to say.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • 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
  • "And I take it the bankers in New York weren't receptive to your cash flow problems?"
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Sophie glared at Etta and got up to move around the room to more receptive ears.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • And so Errtu was quite receptive, even relieved, when it heard Drizzt's call floating down the valley.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • But we do not consider that it is enough to be passive receptors of entertainment.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End

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