susceptibility

noun
sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ty | \sə-ˌsep-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
plural susceptibilities

Definition of susceptibility 

1 : the quality or state of being susceptible especially : lack of ability to resist some extraneous agent (such as a pathogen or drug) : sensitivity

2a : a susceptible temperament or constitution

b susceptibilities plural : feelings, sensibilities

3a : the ratio of the magnetization in a substance to the corresponding magnetizing force

b : the ratio of the electric polarization to the electric intensity in a polarized dielectric

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Synonyms & Antonyms for susceptibility

Synonyms

defenselessness, vulnerability, weakness

Antonyms

invulnerability

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Examples of susceptibility in a Sentence

A weak immune system causes increased susceptibility to disease. his aunt's unfortunate susceptibility to viruses meant she was nearly always sick

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In some cases, susceptibility to a specific kind of infection—Candida, for example—runs in families. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Extreme Flu? Weird Encephalitis? It May Be Your Genes," 13 July 2018 The only antibiotic the strain showed susceptibility to in the lab tests was spectinomycin, which doctors prescribed next. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About So-Called ‘Super Gonorrhea'?," 31 May 2018 The next step is antibiotic susceptibility testing at a lab downstairs. Sophie Cousins, CNN, "Wherever you are in the world, time is running out for treating gonorrhea," 15 May 2018 Most important of all, GLitch illuminates the previously unknown susceptibility of smartphones and potentially other types of devices used by billions of people around the world. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Drive-by Rowhammer attack uses GPU to compromise an Android phone," 3 May 2018 Now, scientists have confirmed that the toad’s toxic slime will likely kill nearly everything in Madagascar that tries to eat it, according to a study that surveyed the susceptibility of 88 species. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: toxic toads, three-parent babies in Singapore, and the hunt for the Lost Colony," 8 June 2018 But different people have different levels of susceptibility. Susan Spencer, Woman's Day, "The U.S. Surgeon General Wants To Change How We Think About Drug Addiction," 8 Sep. 2016 Yes, this investigation was -- no matter what Trump allies say -- begun as a result of concerns about George Papadopoulos' susceptibility to a Russian influence campaign. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "What Rudy Giuliani gets totally wrong about Robert Mueller," 29 May 2018 The president’s paranoia, susceptibility to conspiracy, and apparent desire to deter and meddle in the Mueller investigation are becoming increasingly disturbing. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump says he’ll demand the Justice Department probe whether the FBI spied on his campaign," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of susceptibility

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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susceptibility

noun

English Language Learners Definition of susceptibility

: the state of being easily affected, influenced, or harmed by something

susceptibilities : a person's feelings

susceptibility

noun
sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ty | \sə-ˌsep-tə-ˈbil-ət-ē \
plural susceptibilities

Medical Definition of susceptibility 

1 : the quality or state of being susceptible : the state of being predisposed to, sensitive to, or of lacking the ability to resist something (as a pathogen, familial disease, or a drug) : sensitivity

2a : the ratio of the magnetization in a substance to the corresponding magnetizing force — see paramagnetic

b : the ratio of the electric polarization to the electric intensity in a polarized dielectric

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