susceptible

adjective
sus·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ sə-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce susceptible (audio) \

Definition of susceptible

1 : capable of submitting to an action, process, or operation a theory susceptible to proof
2 : open, subject, or unresistant to some stimulus, influence, or agency susceptible to pneumonia
3 : impressionable, responsive a susceptible mind

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Other Words from susceptible

susceptibleness noun
susceptibly \ sə-​ˈsep-​tə-​blē How to pronounce susceptibly (audio) \ adverb

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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 lost open 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 infection subject 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 delay susceptible 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 2009 Women 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. 2008 He 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
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Players who suffer concussions are more susceptible to the next one. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Josh Rosen, UCLA QB: NFL Draft 2018 (video)," 5 Mar. 2018 In the wake of the fire that consumed Notre-Dame Cathedral, the U.K. is warning that some of its monuments may also be susceptible to a blaze. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "MPs Warn that the U.K.'s Parliament Building is Vulnerable to a Notre-Dame-Like Fire," 17 Apr. 2019 Genetics have left me susceptible to atrial fibrillation, a heart arrhythmia with severe health implications. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A look at the Apple Watch’s ECG, from someone who needs it," 12 Dec. 2018 The playa is also home to some of the harshest conditions in the Burning Man regional network, in which lack of hydration, cell reception, and access to emergency services can combine to leave victims particularly susceptible. Bridget Read, Vogue, "At Burning Man, #MeToo Is More Complicated Than You Think," 28 Aug. 2018 That raises a risk they won’t be prepared when another downturn hits, making them susceptible to big spending cuts that make that next recession worse. David Harrison, WSJ, "Many States Are Likely Unprepared for Next Downturn," 8 July 2018 Doctors say the siblings probably have something in their genes that makes them susceptible to this kind of cancer. Soumya Karlamangla, latimes.com, "Their daughter was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Two weeks later, their son was too," 28 June 2018 Pitching from the stretch position would limit the amount of movement Chatwood generates from a full windup, which makes him susceptible to mechanical flaws. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs considering having Tyler Chatwood pitch exclusively from stretch position," 28 May 2018 Torrential rains from cyclones and other strong storms wash sediment and pollutants from the land into the ocean, further stressing the coral and making them more susceptible to the effects of warming waters. Nick Lunn, National Geographic, "Even Remote Coral Reefs Aren't Spared From Devastation," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of susceptible

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for susceptible

Late Latin susceptibilis, from Latin susceptus, past participle of suscipere to take up, admit, from sub-, sus- up + capere to take — more at sub-, heave

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The first known use of susceptible was in 1605

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susceptible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of susceptible

: easily affected, influenced, or harmed by something
formal : capable of being affected by a specified action or process

susceptible

adjective
sus·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ sə-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce susceptible (audio) \

Kids Definition of susceptible

1 : of such a nature as to permit The words are susceptible of being misunderstood.
2 : having little resistance (as to infection or damage) I am susceptible to colds.
3 : easily affected or impressed by You're so susceptible to flattery.

susceptible

adjective
sus·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ sə-ˈsep-tə-bəl How to pronounce susceptible (audio) \

Medical Definition of susceptible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having little resistance to a specific infectious disease : capable of being infected
2 : predisposed to develop a noninfectious disease susceptible to diabetes
3 : abnormally reactive to various drugs

susceptible

noun

Medical Definition of susceptible (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is susceptible (as to a disease) vaccinate all susceptibles in each region where outbreaks appeared— A. J. Bollet

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