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[ik-sahy-tuh-buh l] /ɪkˈsaɪ tə bəl/
easily excited:
Prima donnas had the reputation of being excitable and temperamental.
capable of being excited.
Origin of excitable
1600-10; < Late Latin excitābilis. See excite, -able
Related forms
excitableness, noun
excitably, adverb
nonexcitable, adjective
nonexcitableness, noun
nonexcitably, adverb
unexcitable, adjective
unexcitablely, adverb
1. emotional, passionate, fiery.
1. placid. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for excitable
  • The idea is that if individual neurons are more excitable, they lack inhibition.
  • In some ways, no one except an excitable science writer here and there had taken enough notice to respond.
  • After you stop, they gradually rebound and become excitable, which leads to panic.
  • They are excitable, complex, and sometimes violently defensive.
  • Epilepsy occurs when permanent changes in brain tissue cause the brain to be too excitable or jumpy.
  • The country's thicket of excitable cable-news networks reports on nothing else.
  • Dogs don't bark because they drool, but because they are more excitable.
  • excitable children may also be difficult to manage on a field trip.
  • It was a few days later, her sister and brother-in-law had already departed and she found herself in an excitable longing mood.
  • Animals that are calmer are more heat tolerant than animals that are more excitable.
British Dictionary definitions for excitable


easily excited; volatile
(esp of a nerve) ready to respond to a stimulus
Derived Forms
excitability, excitableness, noun
excitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for excitable

c.1600, from Late Latin excitabilis "inciting, animating," from excitare (see excite). Related: Excitability.

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excitable in Medicine

excitable ex·cit·a·ble (ĭk-sī'tə-bəl)

  1. Capable of reacting to a stimulus. Used of a tissue, cell, or cell membrane.

  2. Capable of emotional arousal.

ex·cit'a·bil'i·ty or ex·cit'a·ble·ness n.
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