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[suh-sep-tuh-bil-i-tee] /səˌsɛp təˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural susceptibilities.
state or character of being susceptible:
susceptibility to disease.
capacity for receiving mental or moral impressions; tendency to be emotionally affected.
susceptibilities, capacities for emotion; feelings:
His susceptibilities are easily wounded.
Origin of susceptibility
1635-45; < Medieval Latin susceptibilitās, equivalent to susceptibil(is) susceptible + -itās- -ity
Related forms
nonsusceptibility, noun
oversusceptibility, noun
presusceptibility, noun, plural presusceptibilities.
unsusceptibility, noun
2. See sensibility. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for susceptibility


noun (pl) -ties
the quality or condition of being susceptible
the ability or tendency to be impressed by emotional feelings; sensitivity
(pl) emotional sensibilities; feelings
  1. Also called electric susceptibility. (of a dielectric) the amount by which the relative permittivity differs from unity Χ
  2. Also called magnetic susceptibility. (of a magnetic medium) the amount by which the relative permeability differs from unity Κ
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