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 this third installment in a trilogy about the California wine industry, the author delves into such topics as the region’s susceptibility to drought and wildfires and land-use controversies stemming from wine tourism. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including 'Varina' by Charles Frazier," 14 Apr. 2018 The area's susceptibility to drought and wildfires. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "'Napa Valley' book is more a light rosé than a hearty burgundy," 28 Mar. 2018 Janjua said that in certain states where AFM is more common, some people, like those with asthma, might be more at risk, depending on their susceptibility. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About AFM, the Polio-Like Illness Spreading Among Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 The technology has also drawn scrutiny from Amazon's own shareholders and the Congressional Black Caucus alike, each of whom wrote letters to CEO Jeff Bezos earlier this year warning of the program's susceptibility for abuse and racial bias. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Can Anyone Stop Our Slide into Face-Scanning Dystopia?," 9 Nov. 2018 If gone untreated, these diseases can cause infertility, pregnancy complications, chronic pelvic pain, and increased susceptibility to HIV. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "STD Rates Have Hit an All-Time High in the U.S.—And Here’s Why," 29 Aug. 2018 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

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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
chiefly British, formal : 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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