To be receptive is to be open to new ideas or change. If you’re responsive to other people’s suggestions and not set in your ways, then you’re not only receptive, but flexible.

The adjective receptive actually comes from a Latin word that means receive. So a receptive person is willing to receive things, especially opposing arguments, constructive criticism, and helpful hints. How receptive you are speaks to your willingness to have an impression made upon you. It can be good to be large and in charge sometimes, but you can also benefit from stepping back and being receptive to what life brings.

Definitions of receptive
  1. adjective
    able to absorb liquid (not repellent)
    “the paper is ink- receptive
    absorbent, absorptive
    having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.)
  2. adjective
    open to arguments, ideas, or change
    receptive to reason and the logic of facts”
    admitting of passage or entrance
  3. adjective
    ready or willing to receive favorably
    receptive to the proposals”
    synonyms: open
    acceptant, acceptive
    accepting willingly
    characterized by or allowing admission
    capable of mentally absorbing
    having an open mind
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    not receptive
    closed, unsympathetic
    not having an open mind
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  4. adjective
    of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system
    synonyms: centripetal, sensory
    of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying sensory information from the sense organs to the CNS
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