Definition of susceptible
susceptiblyplay \-blē\ adverb
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 of susceptible from the Web
Against the backdrop of ovens that were once used to incinerate people, Higgins warned that the U.S. is more susceptible to genocide than during World War II.
The injuries quickly promoted the narrative that older players years removed from the game are, unsurprisingly, more susceptible to injury.
Vieira’s mother, Mary Elsie Rosa, suffered from osteoporosis, a bone disease that causes bones to become weak and susceptible to breaks from a fall or, in severe cases, a sneeze or minor bump.
Because of poor blood circulation, diabetics are susceptible to developing ulcers in their lower legs and feet that heal poorly and can sometimes lead to amputations.
A lack of minerals in their diet may have made the animals susceptible.
Recent years—this past year in particular—have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that, despite Descartes’ faith, people are susceptible to false information and fake news.
That makes the process more susceptible to being hijacked by hard Brexit elements within the Conservative Party.
Sure, hardwood floors are susceptible to scratches, but those can be sanded out and refinished easily.
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Synonym Discussion of susceptible
SUSCEPTIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of susceptible for English Language Learners
: easily affected, influenced, or harmed by something
: capable of being affected by a specified action or process
SUSCEPTIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of susceptible for Students
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.
Medical Definition of susceptible
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
: one that is susceptible (as to a disease) vaccinate all susceptibles in each region where outbreaks appeared—A. J. Bollet
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