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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Women metabolize alcohol more slowly than men, and studies have shown that women are more susceptible than men to the toxic effects of alcohol on the liver at any dose. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Major Study of Drinking Will Be Shut Down," 15 June 2018 Unfortunately, many kinds of boxwoods are susceptible to an incurable fungal disease called boxwood blight. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "20 Best Boxwood Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden," 14 Feb. 2019 And the Buckeyes have been particularly susceptible to long runs, allowing 23 runs of 20 yards or more and 15 runs of 30 yards or more. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Three keys for the UW Huskies vs. Ohio State in the 105th Rose Bowl — plus Adam Jude’s prediction," 1 Jan. 2019 The company is particularly susceptible to swings in the value of the euro. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Zara’s Upbeat Outlook Eases Concerns About Online Competition," 12 Sep. 2018 Lead can affect the body’s organs, and children are particularly susceptible to the dangerous effects, according to the EPA. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Chip Gaines releases lead paint safety video following EPA violations, $40G fine," 27 July 2018 Larry Hopper, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said areas of the Valley and elsewhere that have received heavy rainfall in recent days are particularly susceptible. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Flash-flood watch in effect for Phoenix area until 2 a.m. Thursday," 11 July 2018 Kids, older adults, pregnant woman and those with lung/heart ailments are particularly susceptible. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "As County Fire rages, what's the risk from breathing? Here's air quality info for the region," 2 July 2018 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

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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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