liable, open, exposed, subject, prone, susceptible, sensitive mean being by nature or through circumstances likely to experience something adverse. liable implies a possibility or probability of incurring something because of position, nature, or particular situation.
liable to get lostopen stresses a lack of barriers preventing incurrence.
a claim open to question exposed suggests lack of protection or powers of resistance against something actually present or threatening.
exposed to infectionsubject implies an openness for any reason to something that must be suffered or undergone.
all reports are subject to review prone stresses natural tendency or propensity to incur something.
prone to delaysusceptible implies conditions existing in one's nature or individual constitution that make incurrence probable.
very susceptible to flattery sensitive implies a readiness to respond to or be influenced by forces or stimuli.
unduly sensitive to criticism
Examples of susceptible in a Sentence
Researchers at the University of South Carolina say that a chemical found abundantly in red wine, apples and onions helps protect against influenza, especially after a rigorous respiratory workout, when the body is more susceptible to infection.— Kim Marcus et al., Wine Spectator, 31 May 2009Women were especially susceptible to his … charm, and he maintained dozens of relationships simultaneously. When he was finally being tried for his crimes, 20 women sat together in the courthouse's public galleries, weeping: mistresses, lovers and admirers, all convinced of Unterweger's innocence.— Robert MacFarlane, New York Times Book Review, 13 Jan. 2008He grew up during the heyday of the Hegelian philosophy, which sought to explain all things in terms of historical development, but conceived this process as being ultimately not susceptible to the methods of empirical investigation.— Isaiah Berlin, The Hedgehog and the Fox, (1953) 1978
The virus can infect susceptible individuals.
some people are more susceptible to depression during the winter because of reduced exposure to sunlight
Recent Examples on the WebAnother possibility is that a COVID infection makes people more susceptible to other viruses already present in the body, such as the Epstein-Barr virus.
Sasha Warren, Scientific American, 21 July 2022 In fact, the National Sleep Foundation states that waning levels of estrogen during perimenopause through menopause can make a woman more susceptible to environmental and other factors, which can further disrupt sleep and lead to insomnia.
Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 14 July 2022 The statue's copper material and massive height make Lady Liberty more susceptible to lightning strikes.
Phillip Nieto, Fox News, 8 July 2022 Could this make people more susceptible to infection and thus allow the virus spread faster and further?
Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 25 June 2022 But along with overnight fame and thousands of Instagram followers comes a level of exposure that can leave contestants susceptible to negative criticism and social media trolling.
Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 22 June 2022 Today that information is frequently withheld or buried in technical documents that leave average retail investors susceptible to greenwashing.
Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 26 May 2022 This process could kill or make an organism more susceptible to predators.
Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 25 May 2022 Beneath the soil, different types of rock give the area the clean, crisp water it's known for, but that same rock and thin layers of topsoil also make the area susceptible to pollution from manure.
Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2022 See More
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