Receptive Re*cep"tive (r[-e]*s[e^]p"t[i^]v), a. [Cf. F. r['e]ceptif. See {Receive}.] Having the quality of receiving; able or inclined to take in, absorb, hold, or contain; receiving or containing; as, a receptive mind. [1913 Webster]

Imaginary space is receptive of all bodies. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

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