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

Other Words from susceptible

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

Choose the Right Synonym for susceptible

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
Recent Examples on the Web Another 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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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 entry 1

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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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