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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Waiting for better prices carries its own risks, because after a certain age, trees, like people, become more susceptible to disease. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It Didn’t Work.," 9 Oct. 2018 When that does happen, however, the murderer gets marked prominently on the map and becomes susceptible to lucrative revenge killings from anyone else on the server. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Fallout 76 lets you bring some company to the Apocalypse," 8 Oct. 2018 Because of this, your hymen will become more susceptible to stretching. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is a Hymen?," 4 Oct. 2018 No other sector seems to be more susceptible to it than travel. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Made-Up Travel Words We Love to Hate," 18 July 2018 Scientists believe some sort of environmental stress caused sea stars to become more susceptible to the pathogen, like warmer water, ocean acidification or other changes caused by global warming. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Starfish on California coast, nearly wiped out by mystery illness, make stunning recovery," 22 June 2018 But those in the military with troubled childhoods are more susceptible to mental-health problems. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 Here's the deal: Children tend to have much finer hair than adults, and since hair dye and bleach can be damaging, a child's immature hair is much more susceptible to damage. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "How Young Is Too Young to Dye Your Kid's Hair?," 15 Oct. 2018 Yep, the area around a zit is more susceptible to sun damage in the form of hyperpigmentation, Dr. Jaliman says. Beth Janes, Seventeen, "What to Do the *Second* a Pimple Appears," 7 Aug. 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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