- easily excited: Prima donnas had the reputation of being excitable and temperamental.
- capable of being excited.
Origin of excitable
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1. emotional, passionate, fiery.
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- easily excited; volatile
- (esp of a nerve) ready to respond to a stimulus
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Word Origin and History for non-excitable
c.1600, from Late Latin excitabilis "inciting, animating," from excitare (see excite). Related: Excitability.
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- Capable of reacting to a stimulus. Used of a tissue, cell, or cell membrane.
- Capable of emotional arousal.
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