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[suh-sep-tuh-buh l]
  1. admitting or capable of some specified treatment: susceptible of a high polish; susceptible to various interpretations.
  2. accessible or especially liable or subject to some influence, mood, agency, etc.: susceptible to colds; susceptible to flattery.
  3. capable of being affected emotionally; impressionable.
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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 formssus·cep·ti·ble·ness, nounsus·cep·ti·bly, adverbnon·sus·cep·ti·ble, adjectivenon·sus·cep·ti·ble·ness, nounnon·sus·cep·ti·bly, adverbo·ver·sus·cep·ti·ble, adjectiveo·ver·sus·cep·ti·ble·ness, nouno·ver·sus·cep·ti·bly, adverbpre·sus·cep·ti·ble, adjectiveun·sus·cep·ti·ble, adjectiveun·sus·cep·ti·ble·ness, nounun·sus·cep·ti·bly, adverb
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Historical Examples of non-susceptible

  • The result is that we advise dodging that parasite by planting the non-susceptible kinds; it is much better and cheaper.

    Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Fourth Annual Meeting


British Dictionary definitions for non-susceptible


  1. (postpositive; foll by of or to) yielding readily (to); capable (of)hypotheses susceptible of refutation; susceptible to control
  2. (postpositive foll by to) liable to be afflicted (by)susceptible to colds
  3. easily impressed emotionally
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Derived Formssusceptibleness, nounsusceptibly, adverb

Word Origin for susceptible

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 non-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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non-susceptible in Medicine


  1. Likely to be affected with a disease, infection, or condition.
  2. Especially sensitive; highly impressionable.
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Related formssus•cep′ti•bili•ty (sə-sĕp′tə-bĭlĭ-tē) n.
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