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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
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  • It must be that Mr Verloc was susceptible to these fascinations.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • You could not have come to look like this if you had been at all susceptible.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • It was, indeed, just the spot to captivate a youthful and susceptible fancy.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • You are susceptible, imaginative; do not demand too much, or dream too fondly.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • A very small portion of the land is susceptible of cultivation.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
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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