susceptible


sus·cep·ti·ble

adjective \sə-ˈsep-tə-bəl\

: easily affected, influenced, or harmed by something

: capable of being affected by a specified action or process

Full Definition of SUSCEPTIBLE

1
:  capable of submitting to an action, process, or operation <a theory susceptible to proof>
2
:  open, subject, or unresistant to some stimulus, influence, or agency <susceptible to pneumonia>
3
:  impressionable, responsive <a susceptible mind>
sus·cep·ti·ble·ness noun
sus·cep·ti·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of SUSCEPTIBLE

  1. The virus can infect susceptible individuals.
  2. <some people are more susceptible to depression during the winter because of reduced exposure to sunlight>
  3. 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

Origin of SUSCEPTIBLE

Late Latin susceptibilis, from Latin susceptus, past participle of suscipere to take up, admit, from sub-, sus- up + capere to take — more at sub-, heave
First Known Use: 1605

Rhymes with SUSCEPTIBLE

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