sug·​gest·​ible | \ səg-ˈje-stə-bəl How to pronounce suggestible (audio) , sə-ˈje- \

Definition of suggestible

: easily influenced by suggestion

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suggestibility \ səg-​ˌje-​stə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce suggestibility (audio) , sə-​ˌje-​ \ noun

Examples of suggestible in a Sentence

The patient was highly suggestible.
Recent Examples on the Web Patients, many of them vulnerable and afraid, are suggestible in the extreme—and the COVID-19 pandemic has only underscored that truth. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "My cancer might be back—and I wonder if unnecessary radiation caused it in the first place," 22 Sep. 2020 Silverstone applies a harried sense of confused anxiety to Susan, while Corddry plays Bob as an unmotivated and easily suggestible pushover. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Bad Therapy’ fails to cash in on an intriguing idea of psychobabblery," 15 Apr. 2020 People who are overly suggestible, isolated and angry, based on their social and environmental circumstances may get attracted to dangerous ideologies, or join a criminal group or cult. Arash Javanbakht, The Conversation, "Can experts determine who might be a mass killer? 3 questions answered," 8 Aug. 2019 Others may be suggestible to hearing or sensing sounds within the realm of the imagination. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "When You See These GIFs, Do You Hear a Sound?," 15 July 2018 And while some psychologists assert people with DID are simply highly suggestible, there are neural imaging studies indicating otherwise. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Emotional trauma can lead to dissociative identity disorder," 3 July 2018 But Trump appears to be unusually suggestible for someone in his position. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The World’s Most Powerful Rube," 4 June 2018 As Kirillov, his suggestible victim, paced the stage, preparing to commit suicide as the ultimate proof of his free will, Verkhovensky slowly and deliberately devoured a chicken, diligently sucking on every wing and bone. The Economist, "A great Russian director brings history to life on stage," 17 May 2018 Other people might just be highly suggestible and using their imaginations to hear the sounds (or people who sense something in the realm between noise and imagination). Brian Resnick, Vox, "Can you hear these silent GIFs? You may have a new form of synesthesia.," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of suggestible

1890, in the meaning defined above

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3 Oct 2020

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“Suggestible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of suggestible

: likely to believe that what someone says is true or may be true : easily influenced


sug·​gest·​ible | \ sə(g)-ˈjes-tə-bəl How to pronounce suggestible (audio) \

Medical Definition of suggestible

: easily influenced by suggestion a suggestible hypnotic subject

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