excitable

adjective
ex·cit·able | \ ik-ˈsī-tə-bəl \

Definition of excitable 

1 : capable of being readily roused into action or a state of excitement or irritability

2 : capable of being activated by and reacting to stimuli excitable cells

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Other words from excitable

excitability \ik-ˌsī-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
excitableness \ik-ˈsī-tə-bəl-nəs \ noun

Examples of excitable in a Sentence

an excitable child who needs a stable home life

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Known by colleagues as excitable with a traders’ penchant for profanity, Mr. Pick’s track record in the securities business has nevertheless marked him as the front-runner. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley Elevates CEO Contender," 10 July 2018 Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle arrived in Chester Thursday morning to excitable crowds who had waited hours to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty and the newest member of the royal family. Katie Nicholl, Vanities, "Meghan Markle Joins the Queen For Her First Royal Outing Without Harry," 14 June 2018 In the case of the moon and Neptune in Pisces, this conjunction suggests heightened emotions, excitable imaginations, and vivid dreams. refinery29.com, "The Moon Wants You To Pay Attention To Your Dreams On Wednesday Night," 2 July 2018 Frankie is an excitable dreamer, husband Mike (Neil Flynn) contained and practical. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Before 'Roseanne's' revival, 'The Middle' carried the torch for America's heartland," 22 May 2018 There's a lot to like about this Auburn team, its magical run this season and its excitable coach. Joseph Goodman, AL.com, "Bruce Pearl and Auburn are finally back in the NCAA Tournament but storm clouds linger," 14 Mar. 2018 In their place, white writers like the mythologist Nathaniel Emerson published their own simplified descriptions of the deity, producing caricatures of her as an excitable goddess or irritable old woman. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Madame Pele, Hawaii’s Goddess of Volcanoes, Awes Those Living in Lava’s Path," 21 May 2018 Despite all that, Ranallo became an Internet and fan favorite for his excitable delivery, vivid descriptions and free use of metaphors. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Mauro Ranallo Aims to Reach an Important Audience With Documentary on His Bipolar Disorder," 18 May 2018 Tom Wolfe, the renowned journalist and author who famously employed literary techniques, excitable punctuation, and razor-sharp wit in his nonfiction work, passed away Monday at age 88. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "You Should Read "The Right Stuff"," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of excitable

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for excitable

excitable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of excitable

: easily excited

excitable

adjective
ex·cit·able | \ ik-ˈsī-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of excitable

: easily excited

excitable

adjective
ex·cit·able | \ ik-ˈsīt-ə-bəl \

Medical Definition of excitable 

of living tissue or an organism

: capable of being activated by and reacting to stimuli : exhibiting irritability the biochemistry of excitable membranesScience

Other words from excitable

excitability \-ˌsīt-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē \ noun plural -ties

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