3. The act or manner of receiving, especially. Of receiving visitors; entertainment; hence, an occasion or ceremony of receiving guests; as, a hearty reception; an elaborate reception. "What reception a poem may find." (Goldsmith)
4. Acceptance, as of an opinion or doctrine. "Philosophers who have quitted the popular doctrines of their countries have fallen into as extravagant opinions as even common reception countenanced." (Locke)
5. A retaking; a recovery.
Origin: F. Reception, L. Receptio, fr. Recipere, receptum. See Receive.
(01 Mar 1998)
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