excitable

[ik-sahy-tuh-buhl]
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adjective

easily excited: Prima donnas had the reputation of being excitable and temperamental.
capable of being excited.

Nearby words

  1. excise tax,
  2. exciseman,
  3. excision,
  4. excision biopsy,
  5. excitability,
  6. excitable area,
  7. excitant,
  8. excitation,
  9. excitation wave,
  10. excitative

Origin of excitable

From the Late Latin word excitābilis, dating back to 1600–10. See excite, -able

SYNONYMS FOR excitable
ANTONYMS FOR excitable
1. placid.

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British Dictionary definitions for non-excitable

excitable

adjective

easily excited; volatile
(esp of a nerve) ready to respond to a stimulus
Derived Formsexcitability or excitableness, nounexcitably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for non-excitable

excitable

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for non-excitable

excitable

[ĭk-sītə-bəl]

adj.

Capable of reacting to a stimulus. Used of a tissue, cell, or cell membrane.
Capable of emotional arousal.
Related formsex•cit′a•bili•ty null n.


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