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[suh-sep-tuh-buh l] /səˈsɛp tə bəl/
admitting or capable of some specified treatment:
susceptible of a high polish; susceptible to various interpretations.
accessible or especially liable or subject to some influence, mood, agency, etc.:
susceptible to colds; susceptible to flattery.
capable of being affected emotionally; impressionable.
Origin of susceptible
1595-1605; < Late Latin susceptibilis, equivalent to suscept(us), past participle of suscipere to take up, support (sus- sus- + -cep-, combining form of capere to take, capture + -tus past participle suffix) + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
susceptibleness, noun
susceptibly, adverb
nonsusceptible, adjective
nonsusceptibleness, noun
nonsusceptibly, adverb
oversusceptible, adjective
oversusceptibleness, noun
oversusceptibly, adverb
presusceptible, adjective
unsusceptible, adjective
unsusceptibleness, noun
unsusceptibly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for susceptible
  • Larger-leafed types are more susceptible to winter damage.
  • If you want to grow a variety that is susceptible, plant it in a sunny spot that gets plenty of air circulation.
  • Make sure the trees you are considering are not overly susceptible to pests or diseases.
  • These older strains are much more susceptible to diseases.
  • Dwarf conifers and broadleaf evergreens such as holly and rhododendrons are susceptible to dehydration and windburn in winter.
  • The epiphytes may be particularly susceptible to climate change if the cloud level rises.
  • The turtles are also susceptible to fungal infections.
  • If that were to happen, the human population would be susceptible to a resurgence of smallpox.
  • Pigs are also susceptible to picking up avian flu strains, mostly because they often live so close to poultry.
  • When the bag lands on a susceptible plant, it breaks open, releasing what are technically known as zoospores.
British Dictionary definitions for susceptible


(postpositive; foll by of or to) yielding readily (to); capable (of): hypotheses susceptible of refutation, susceptible to control
(postpositive) foll by to. liable to be afflicted (by): susceptible to colds
easily impressed emotionally
Derived Forms
susceptibleness, noun
susceptibly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin susceptibilis, from Latin suscipere to take up, from sub- + capere to take
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Word Origin and History for susceptible

c.1600 (susceptive in the same sense is recorded from 1540s), from Late Latin susceptibilis "capable, sustainable, susceptible," from Latin susceptus, past participle of suscipere "sustain, support, acknowledge," from sub "up from under" + capere "to take" (see capable). Related: Susceptibility.

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susceptible in Medicine

susceptible sus·cep·ti·ble (sə-sěp'tə-bəl)

  1. Likely to be affected with a disease, infection, or condition.

  2. Especially sensitive; highly impressionable.

sus·cep'ti·bil'i·ty (sə-sěp'tə-bĭl'ĭ-tē) n.
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