susceptibility

noun
sus·​cep·​ti·​bil·​i·​ty | \ sə-ˌsep-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce susceptibility (audio) \
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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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
Recent Examples on the Web For example, qualities like conscientiousness, modesty and altruism were very weakly related to susceptibility. Benedict Carey New York Times, Star Tribune, "Why we believe conspiracy theories," 8 Oct. 2020 Within the Tea Party movement, however, there was always a clear strain of paranoia, aggression, susceptibility to irrational conspiracy theories and a tendency to see policy disagreements in apocalyptic terms. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Capitol riot culminated 12 years of Tea Party resentment," 7 Jan. 2021 The changing of the electoral rules in midcampaign in many states, enabling an avalanche of postal voting—with its notably greater susceptibility to fraud and manipulation—had political consequences that may well have influenced the result. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The Bipartisan Moral Rot of America’s Institutions," 14 Dec. 2020 First, the pandemic and the susceptibility to infection, with living and working in crowded spaces and without access to PPE. Esther Tseng, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant Industry Needs Indigenous Farm Workers. Yet Their Fate Hangs in the Balance," 3 Nov. 2020 For instance, peatland fires, which are often set deliberately during land conflicts, cause air pollution that the authors say will increase COVID-19 susceptibility for locals. Kat Eschner, Popular Science, "Conserving tropical peatlands could be key to preventing the next pandemic," 18 Nov. 2020 Epigenetic factors influence our metabolism, our susceptibility to various diseases, and even the way emotional trauma is passed through generations. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Researchers restore lost sight in mice, offering clues to reversing aging," 2 Dec. 2020 The latest spike marks the third surge of infections in the US this year, and doesn’t bode well for colder weather that will force more Americans indoors and increase their susceptibility to infection. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "While US votes were counted, the pandemic became worse than ever," 8 Nov. 2020 Adalja said that blood types and their susceptibility to various infections have been studied in the medical literature before. Katie Hunt, CNN, "People with blood type O may have lower risk of Covid-19 infection and severe illness, two new studies suggest," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of susceptibility

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of susceptibility was in 1644

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13 Feb 2021

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“Susceptibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/susceptibility. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce susceptibility (audio) \
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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