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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Policy Matters Ohio and the Ohio Poverty Law Center also applauded DeWine for recognizing that people who are susceptible to COVID-19 should not be forced to go back to work and lose their unemployment benefits. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Ohio is halting unemployment benefits to employees who refuse to return to work, with exceptions," 19 June 2020 Davies is the lead author of a study published this week that suggested children are less susceptible to the virus than adults. Helen Branswell, STAT, "How likely are kids to get Covid-19? Scientists see a ‘huge puzzle’ without easy answers," 18 June 2020 Anyone with any concern about their longevity or management of chronic illness is very susceptible to that reasoning and logic. The Atlantic, "Listen: The Empty Promise of Vitamins," 17 June 2020 Mark Woolhouse, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, said researchers found that children and teenagers were less susceptible to infection and less likely to show symptoms if infected. Naomi Thomas And Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "People under 20 half as likely to catch Covid-19, study finds," 16 June 2020 Luckily for Chuck, Krakow is very susceptible to persuasion. Kyle Fowle,, "Billions recap: Axe's anger makes for an explosive midseason finale," 15 June 2020 Because infection risk is a function of closeness and length of exposure, air travelers are susceptible to contracting COVID-19 from a fellow passenger, said epidemiologist David Engelthaler. Harriet Ryan, Anchorage Daily News, "Airline passengers brought COVID-19 into LAX in March — and no one warned the public," 15 June 2020 Americans are slowly, but surely, growing tired of broad societal injustices—and less susceptible to the right's racial ghost-dance. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Disappearing Backlash to Black Lives Matter," 10 June 2020 Moving these satellites cost fuel—SkySats use a High Performance Green Propulsion system—and put them at an altitude above the Earth slightly more susceptible to the effects of atmospheric drag. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Planet teams with SpaceX to expand its Earth-observation constellation," 9 June 2020

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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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The first known use of susceptible was in 1605

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25 Jun 2020

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“Susceptible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of susceptible

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


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.


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



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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