susceptible

adjective
sus·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ sə-ˈsep-tə-bəl \

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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susceptibleness noun
susceptibly \ sə-​ˈsep-​tə-​blē \ 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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Be mindful that wooden platform beds are among the heaviest, and lighter shades of woods can be susceptible to stains. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Platform Beds," 21 Nov. 2018 One hope is self-driving cars will eventually help reduce the death toll, since robots may be less susceptible to accidents than humans. German Lopez, Vox, "The limousine crash in Schoharie, New York, is the deadliest transportation accident in the US since a plane crash in 2009.," 8 Oct. 2018 Wildfires aren't rare in Greece, but with recent temps at more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit and a widespread drought, the country has been susceptible to sparks. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Wildfires in Greece Kill Dozens Near Athens," 25 July 2018 Training unnecessary & less susceptible to panic attack. Fortune, "Elon Musk’s Team Due in Thailand to Help Rescue Soccer Team Trapped in Flooded Cave," 7 July 2018 By its nature, the village manager form of government is more representative of the population and less susceptible to cronyism. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "After more than 60 years, Oak Park Village Manager Association announces dissolution," 15 June 2018 Following these attacks, school districts have been reexamining security procedures to make their buildings less susceptible to intrusions. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "What happens if an intruder enters a D.C. school? The door locks might not work.," 5 June 2018 That suggested Instagram may be more susceptible to viral influence operations than other social-media services, the researchers said. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Russians Took Aim at Black Voters to Boost Trump, Reports to Senate Find," 17 Dec. 2018 Other competing apps, which are similar to Farmwave conceptually, often rely on crowdsourced imagery and are much more susceptible to human biases and error. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "An App Could Be the Key to Saving Crops from Pests and Pathogens," 4 Dec. 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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susceptible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of susceptible

: easily affected, influenced, or harmed by something

: capable of being affected by a specified action or process

susceptible

adjective
sus·​cep·​ti·​ble | \ sə-ˈsep-tə-bəl \

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 \

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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