Simple Definition of susceptible
: easily affected, influenced, or harmed by something
: capable of being affected by a specified action or process
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Examples of susceptible
Researchers at the University of South Carolina say that a chemical found abundantly in red wine, apples and onions helps protect against influenza, especially after a rigorous respiratory workout, when the body is more susceptible to infection. —Kim Marcus et al., Wine Spectator, 31 May 2009
Women were especially susceptible to his … charm, and he maintained dozens of relationships simultaneously. When he was finally being tried for his crimes, 20 women sat together in the courthouse's public galleries, weeping: mistresses, lovers and admirers, all convinced of Unterweger's innocence. —Robert MacFarlane, New York Times Book Review, 13 Jan. 2008
He grew up during the heyday of the Hegelian philosophy, which sought to explain all things in terms of historical development, but conceived this process as being ultimately not susceptible to the methods of empirical investigation. —Isaiah Berlin, The Hedgehog and the Fox, (1953) 1978
The virus can infect susceptible individuals.
<some people are more susceptible to depression during the winter because of reduced exposure to sunlight>
Synonym Discussion of susceptible
Both liable and apt when followed by an infinitive are used nearly interchangeably with likely. Although conflicting advice has been given over the years, most current commentators accept apt when so used. They generally recommend limiting liable to situations having an undesirable outcome, and our evidence shows that in edited writing it is more often so used than not.
SUSCEPTIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of susceptible
1 : of such a nature as to permit <The words are susceptible of being misunderstood.>
2 : having little resistance (as to infection or damage) <I am susceptible to colds.>
3 : easily affected or impressed by <You're so susceptible to flattery.>
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